Barbed-Wire Imperialism: Britain's Empire of Camps, 1876–1903 by Aidan Forth (review)

Barbed-Wire Imperialism: Britain's Empire of Camps, 1876–1903 by Aidan Forth (review) 250 JOURNAL OF WORLD HISTORY, MARCH 2020 In Verhofstadt’s words: “I am more Eurosceptic than all Eurosceptics put together, I am the first Eurosceptic of the Eurosceptic army marching through Europe. But the solution is not to go back to the past, to dissolve the EU. You must repair what does not work. It is our duty to reform the EU.” MARTIJN LAK The Hague University of Applied Sciences/ Erasmus University Rotterdam Editor-in-chief The Journal of Slavic Military Studies Barbed-Wire Imperialism: Britain’s Empire of Camps, 1876–1903.By AIDAN FORTH. Oakland: University of California Press, 2017. 352 pp. $34.95,£27.95 (paperback). Giorgio Agamben’s claim that the concentration camp has become the nomos of the modern – the terrifying idea that the camp has become the model for the way modern states attempt to regulate all social and political life – has provoked heated discussion and new scholarly interest in tracing the ways that the practices of the modern state have historically borrowed from the material and ideological structures of these barbed-wire stockades. At the same time, the so-called ‘colonial turn’ seen in genocide and Holocaust studies has also breathed new life into the debate begun by Hannah Arendt about the colonial origins http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Barbed-Wire Imperialism: Britain's Empire of Camps, 1876–1903 by Aidan Forth (review)

Journal of World History, Volume 31 (1) – Feb 27, 2020

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250 JOURNAL OF WORLD HISTORY, MARCH 2020 In Verhofstadt’s words: “I am more Eurosceptic than all Eurosceptics put together, I am the first Eurosceptic of the Eurosceptic army marching through Europe. But the solution is not to go back to the past, to dissolve the EU. You must repair what does not work. It is our duty to reform the EU.” MARTIJN LAK The Hague University of Applied Sciences/ Erasmus University Rotterdam Editor-in-chief The Journal of Slavic Military Studies Barbed-Wire Imperialism: Britain’s Empire of Camps, 1876–1903.By AIDAN FORTH. Oakland: University of California Press, 2017. 352 pp. $34.95,£27.95 (paperback). Giorgio Agamben’s claim that the concentration camp has become the nomos of the modern – the terrifying idea that the camp has become the model for the way modern states attempt to regulate all social and political life – has provoked heated discussion and new scholarly interest in tracing the ways that the practices of the modern state have historically borrowed from the material and ideological structures of these barbed-wire stockades. At the same time, the so-called ‘colonial turn’ seen in genocide and Holocaust studies has also breathed new life into the debate begun by Hannah Arendt about the colonial origins

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Published: Feb 27, 2020

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