Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies

Anxieties, Fear and Panic in Colonial Settings

Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Editors: Fischer-Tiné, Harald (Ed.)

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  • Focuses on multiple different colonial empires in order to provide a greater scope
  • Sheds light on the growth of seemingly irrational anxieties about empire
  • Brings together contributions from leading scholars from aroung the world
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This book argues that the history of colonial empires has been shaped to a considerable extent by negative emotions such as anxiety, fear and embarrassment as well as by the regular occurrence of panics. The case studies it assembles examine the various ways in which panics and anxieties were generated in imperial situations and how they shook up the dynamics between seemingly all-powerful colonizers and the apparently defenceless colonized. Drawing from examples of the British, Dutch and German colonial experience, the volume sketches out some of the main areas (such as disease, native ‘savagery’ or sexual transgression) that generated panics or created anxieties in colonial settings and analyses the most common varieties of practical, discursive and epistemic strategies adopted by the colonisers to curb the perceived threats. 

 

About the authors

Harald Fischer-Tiné is Professor of Modern Global History at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zürich), Switzerland. Previous to his appointment in Zurich he taught at Jacobs University, Bremen, Humboldt-University, Berlin and the University of Heidelberg. He has published extensively on South Asian colonial history, the history of the British Empire and global history. His most recent monograph is the biography of an Indian revolutionary in European exile: Shyamji Krishnavarma: Sanskrit, Sociology and Anti-Imperialism (2014)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Empires and Emotions

    Pages 1-23

    Fischer-Tiné, Harald (et al.)

  • Minds in Crisis: Medico-moral Theories of Disorder in the Late Colonial World

    Pages 27-47

    Kennedy, Dane

  • The Poison Panics of British India

    Pages 49-71

    Arnold, David

  • The Settler’s Demise: Decolonization and Mental Breakdown in 1950s Kenya

    Pages 73-96

    Jackson, Will

  • Mass-Mediated Panic in the British Empire? Shyamji Krishnavarma’s ‘Scientific Terrorism’ and the ‘London Outrage’, 1909

    Pages 99-134

    Fischer-Tiné, Harald

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anxieties, Fear and Panic in Colonial Settings
Book Subtitle
Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Editors
  • Harald Fischer-Tiné
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45136-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45136-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-45135-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83220-3
Series ISSN
2635-1633
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 404
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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