A Tender Way in Race War

Damon Ieremia Salesa

in Racial Crossings

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604159
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729423 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

A Tender Way in Race War

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The wars in New Zealand (1860–1872) were one of several great imperial upheavals in the mid-Victorian period. To the British and settlers these were understood not merely as military or political campaigns but as ‘wars of race’. The wars became not just on assaults on opposing Māori forces and politics, but worked in ‘tender’ dimensions, targeting indigenous communities, families, domestic life, culture and intimate relations. One focus of these ‘tender’ ways of racial war were those at racial crossings: half-castes, white fathers and native mothers. Here colonial efforts contrasted with those of indigenous people, families and communities who had already integrated most of these people. The contest over the people and families proximate to these racial crossings casts new light on the wars, as they became a key field of battle.

Keywords: race; empire; colonialism; war; domesticity; intimacy; gender; indigenous; intermarriage; half-castes; New Zealand; Māori

Chapter.  27178 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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