Conquest: How Societies Overwhelm Others

Paperback | February 7, 2013

byDavid Day

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The history of the world has been the history of peoples on the move, as they occupy new lands and establish their claims over them. Almost invariably, this has meant the violent dispossession of the previous inhabitants. Whether it is the Normans in England, the Chinese in Tibet, the Germans in Poland, the Indonesians in West Papua, or the British and Americans in North America, the claiming of other people's lands and the supplanting of one people by another has shaped the history of societies from the ancient pastto the present day. David Day tells the story of how this happened - the ways in which invaders have triumphed and justified conquest which, as he shows is a bloody and often prolonged process that can last centuries. And while each individual conquest is ultimately unique, nevertheless they often share a number ofqualities, from the re-naming of the conquered land and the invention of myth to justify what has taken place, to the exploitation of the conquered resources and people, and even to the outright slaughter of the original inhabitants. Above all, as Day shows in this hugely bold and ambitious book, conquest can have deep and long-lasting consequences - for the conquered, the conquerors, and for the wider course of world history.

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The history of the world has been the history of peoples on the move, as they occupy new lands and establish their claims over them. Almost invariably, this has meant the violent dispossession of the previous inhabitants. Whether it is the Normans in England, the Chinese in Tibet, the Germans in Poland, the Indonesians in West Papua, o...

David Day was a research fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, and Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin before taking up a Senior Research Fellowship at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where he is currently an Honorary Associate in the History Program. His many books include best-selling histories of the Second ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.01 inPublished:February 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199668132

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. Staking a Legal Claim2. The Power of Maps3. Claiming by Naming4. Supplanting the Savages5. By Right of Conquest6. Defending the Conquered Territory7. Foundation Stories8. Tilling the Soil9. The Genocidal Imperative10. Peopling the Land11. The Never-ending JourneyEndnotesSelect BibliographyIndex

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"Wide ranging and vigorously written....concise and strongly- argued... a clear and stimulating read." --BBC History Magazine. Jeremy Black. 00/04/2008