Indigeneity is inseparable from empire, and the way empire responds to the Indigenous presence is a key historical factor in shaping the flow of imperial history. This book is about the consequences of the encounter in the early nineteenth century between the British imperial presence and the First Peoples of what were to become Australia and New Zealand. However, the shape of social relations between Indigenous peoples and the forces of empire does not remain constant over time. The book tracks how the creation of empire in this part of the world possessed long-lasting legacies both for the settler colonies that emerged and for the wider history of British imperial culture.

chapter |14 pages


Problem and perspectives

chapter 1|35 pages


chapter 2|29 pages


chapter 3|33 pages


Conciliation and coercion

chapter 4|27 pages



chapter 5|34 pages


Racial amalgamation in New Zealand

chapter 6|35 pages

Violence and the coming of colonial order

chapter 7|27 pages

Law and sovereignty

chapter 9|30 pages

Legacies in modern Indigenous politics

chapter 10|28 pages

Legacies in imperial culture