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Author Lawson, Tom.

Title The last man : a British genocide in Tasmania / Tom Lawson
Published London : I.B. Tauris, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 263 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (black and white)
Contents Plates; Introduction From Thinking about Britain and the Holocaust to Writing about Genocide in the British World; One Defining Terms; Two Genocide in Van Diemen's Land; Three Ethnic Cleansing; Four Cultural Genocide; Five 'We have exterminated the race in Van Diemen's Land': Genocide in British Culture; Six Coming to Terms with the Past?; Conclusion A British Genocide in Tasmania; Notes; Bibliography; Acknowledgements; List of Plates
Summary Little more than seventy years after the British settled Van Diemen's Land (later Tasmania) in 1803, its indigenous population had been virtually wiped out. Yet this genocide - one of the earliest of the modern era - is virtually forgotten in Britain today. The Last Man is the first book specifically to explore the role of the British government and wider society in the destruction of the Aboriginal Tasmanians. Although the introduction of European diseases undoubtedly contributed to the decline of the indigenous population, Tom Lawson shows that Britain supported what was effectively the eth
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-257) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of -- Australia -- Tasmania -- History -- 19th century.
Aboriginal Tasmanians -- Australia -- Tasmania -- Government relations -- History -- 19th century.
Genocide -- Australia -- Tasmania -- History -- 19th century.
United Kingdom -- Colonies -- Race relations.
United Kingdom -- Colonies -- Oceania -- History -- 19th century.
Tasmania -- History -- 1803-1900.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0857734725 (electronic bk.)
9780857734723 (electronic bk.)