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Fragile Settlements: Aboriginal Peoples, Law, and Resistance in South-West Australia and Prairie Canada (Law and Society)

ISBN: 9780774830898
Publisher: UBC Press
Edition: Reprint
Publication Date: 2016-07-25
Number of pages: 336
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Fragile Settlements compares the processes through which British colonial authority was asserted over Indigenous peoples in southwest Australia and prairie Canada from the 1830s to the early twentieth century. At the start of this period, as a humanitarian response to settlers' increased demand for land, Britain's Colonial Office moved to protect Indigenous peoples by making them subjects under British law. This book highlights the parallels and divergences between these connected British frontiers by examining how colonial actors and institutions interpreted and applied the principle of law in their interaction with Indigenous peoples "on the ground."

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