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Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500–1920

Saliha Belmessous


This book shows that from the moment European expansion commenced through to the 19th century, indigenous peoples from America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand drafted legal strategies to contest dispossession. Colonisation was countered not only by force but also by ideas. Indigenous peoples made claims to territory using legal arguments drawn from their own understanding of a law which applies between peoples: that is, a kind of law of nations which was comparable to that being developed by Europeans. Confronted by indigenous claims, Europeans were forced to make rival claims. The story of ... More

Keywords: empires, possession, dispossession, colonialism, indigenous resistance, native title, legal claims, global history, international law

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794850
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saliha Belmessous, editor
University of New South Wales

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