Sensible distances : The colonial projections of Therese Huber and E. G. Wakefield

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O'Connell, Lisa. (2020). Sensible distances : The colonial projections of Therese Huber and E. G. Wakefield. In In Hacke, Daniela, Jarzebowski, Claudia and Ziegler, Hannes (Ed.). Matters of engagement : Emotions, identity, and cultural contact in the premodern world pp. 216-230 Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429488689-14
AuthorsO'Connell, Lisa
EditorsHacke, Daniela, Jarzebowski, Claudia and Ziegler, Hannes
Abstract

During the eighteenth century, the South Pacific became available to European expansion, and specifically to British exploration, trade and penal settlement. Recent scholarship has shown that this expansion occurred without agreement as to its function and benefits. As Jonathan Lamb has argued, the establishment of Britain’s Pacific dominions was characterised less by deliberate policy than by confusion in the face of the unknown. For all its immediacy and emotion, however, the early Pacific colonialism of sensibility, as we might call it, barely lasted into the nineteenth century. In the wake of the establishment of the Botany Bay penal colony, and in the aftermath of 1789, the Pacific was increasingly figured as a place of settlement. Wakefield’s theory was essentially a colonial adaptation of Ricardo’s analysis of the relations between land, labour and capital. Wakefield radically refigures the global sympathy appealed to by eighteenth-century benevolent sentimentalists like the elder Forster as something like the industrial production of human beings.

Page range216-230
Year2020
Book titleMatters of engagement : Emotions, identity, and cultural contact in the premodern world
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9780429488689
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429488689-14
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85095926065
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