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Fort Royal as a perennial construction site on Martinique
Benjamin Steiner

’Intendant et moy aurons l’honneur d’envoyer au Conseil les projets et devis des reparations a faire, et de l’Augmentation des ouvrages que ledit Sr. de la Roulaye jugera absolument necessaire pour donne une espece de seureté a la Colonie. Si nous jugeons des travaux des autres isles par ceux qu’il faut faire a la Martinique, nous devons avertir le Conseil qu’il faudra au moins tous les ans un fond de quatre vingt mille francs pour les fortifications et entretien des magasins, corps de garde et maisons apartenant à Sa Majesté. Le Sr. de la Roulaye a visité celle dans laquelle

in Building the French empire, 1600–1800
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Katie Donington

practices of both people and place. It is no surprise that this history has manifested itself in recent calls for reparatory justice. Following the publication of CARICOM’s ten-point plan for reparations, the then Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, addressed the issue of slavery on a visit to Jamaica in 2015. 119 He urged Jamaicans to ‘move on from this painful legacy and continue to build for the

in The bonds of family
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Fortification and castles on the Lesser Antilles
Benjamin Steiner

fortifications de Martinique, fol. 2v: ‘Et au lieu du nombre des travaux qu’il y juge necessaire, […] avec cette petitte reparations qui se pourra faire pour huit mil livres on rendra cette maison qu’ils appellent de campagne une fortresse considerable et telle que quand les ennemis se seroient rendus maistres de l’isle ils n’en oseroient entre prendre le siege.’ 19 Kissoun, ‘Fortifications des îles’, p. 345

in Building the French empire, 1600–1800
Matthew P. Fitzpatrick and Peter Monteath

wound that periodically generates fresh symptoms, such as the present push for reparations made by peoples colonised by Britain, France and Germany. 6 Understanding and coming to terms with Europe's colonial past remains, it seems, an urgent task; not so that a final moment of reconciliation between colonisers and the colonised might be reached but so that honest working relationships and understandings that recognise the ongoing legacies of the colonial past

in Savage worlds
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Custom and practice
Edward M. Spiers

on the line of march, Wolseley’s forces entered a largely deserted enemy capital, Kumase (Kumasi), after victory at the battle of Amoafo (31 January 1874). Hopeful that the Asantehene , the Asante king, would return, capitulate, and pay the reparations requested of him, Wolseley banned looting, placed guards at the royal palace, and approved the flogging of any Fantes caught in the act. ‘Our black fellows’, wrote Private Ronald Ferguson (Black Watch), ‘were always stealing, and we had to lash them for their lazy ways.’ 36 Wolseley, though, faced the onset of the

in Dividing the spoils
British and French colonial discourses on education for development in the interwar period
Walter Schicho

covered by German war reparations. As Germany did not pay, financing had to be obtained by other means: loans taken out by the colonies, the sale of concessions to private enterprises, and government grants. Sarraut’s compilation of policies and data which formed the background for his proposal was published in 1923 as a book, which became a foundational text of reference for local

in Developing Africa
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Anna Bocking-Welch

's relationship with the outside world. As this book shows, discourses of active citizenship often worked in ways that depoliticised the power dynamics of imperialism. While it was empowering for individual members of civic society to focus on civic action, this emphasis also helped to relocate the issue of responsibility away from the political sphere, and from a context in which issues like state culpability, reparations, and compensation might be discussed. This meant that, unlike more politicised campaigns on the left, the associational groups in this book placed their

in British civic society at the end of empire
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African objects, West African trade and a Liverpool museum
Zachary Kingdon and Dmitri van den Bersselaar

–222. 3 See for instance the website of the African Reparations Movement’s Campaign for the Return of the Benin Bronzes, www.arm.arc.co.uk/CRBBhome.html . The cultural and political importance of the location of the Benin artefacts to post-independence Nigeria is discussed in A. Apter, The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in

in The empire in one city?
The Ocean group in East and Southeast Asia, c. 1945–73
Nicholas J. White

Federation’s first national shipping service. But, in late-1968, the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC) emerged under the chairmanship of Robert Kuok, and with a 30 per cent Malaysian government shareholding. MISC quickly purchased a number of passenger and freight carriers and also benefited from running two cargo liners acquired by the Malaysian government under Japanese reparations

in The empire in one city?
Anthony Martin Fernando and Australian Aboriginal rights in transnational context
Fiona Paisley

, suspecting that Fernando had been employed by the Germans with the aim of attacking Australia and Britain’s credibility as colonists. Australia had only recently gained the newly mandated territory of New Guinea as part of the war reparations paid by Germany to the League of Nations and, as a British nation, was concerned to align itself with the postwar regime of humane colonisers endorsed by international agreement. Drawing on, admittedly, hearsay evidence, they concluded that ‘Fernando seems to be actuated less by a concern for the

in Rethinking settler colonialism