Colonial Prisons in Revolt, 1862–1930

Peter Zinoman

in The Colonial Bastille

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780520224124
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925175 | DOI:
Colonial Prisons in Revolt, 1862–1930

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This chapter examines a handful of the best-documented prison revolts in French Indochina prior to 1930 to illustrate some of the reasons for the profound instability of the colonial prison system. It explains that the rebellion on Poulo Condore in 1890 shows how grievances against the legal system played a catalytic role in revolts and that the uprisings in Poulo Condore in 1918 and Lai Chau in 1927 illustrate the explosive combination of autocratic management and the rapid turnover of prison directors. It also discusses the reasons for external attacks on prisons.

Keywords: prison revolts; French Indochina; colonial prison system; Poulo Condore; legal system; Lai Chai; autocratic management

Chapter.  9105 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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