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"Rough Justice:" Punitive Expeditions in Oceania

Ballard, Christopher; Douglas, Bronwen


This essay introduces the special issue by setting the concept and specific practice of the "punitive expedition" in Oceania in historical, linguistic and etymological contexts. In the process, we seek to classify punitive expeditions as a historically particular category of event in one global zone, with identifiable qualities, precursors and recursions. A brief consideration of sixteenth­century Spanish violence against Pacific Islanders suggests a differentiation of fleeting retaliatory...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History


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