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Barbed-Wire Imperialism: Britain's Empire of Camps, 1876-1903

Aidan Forth


Some of the world’s first refugee camps and concentration camps appeared in the British Empire in the late 19th century. Famine camps detained emaciated refugees and billeted relief applicants on public works projects; plague camps segregated populations suspected of harboring disease and accommodated those evacuated from unsanitary locales; concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War, meanwhile, adapted a technology of colonial welfare in the context of war. Wartime camps in South Africa were simultaneously instruments of military violence and humanitarian care. While providing food and she ... More

Keywords: refugee camps, concentration camps, liberal empire, plague, famine, Anglo-Boer War, security, scandal, biopolitical

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293960
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293960.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aidan Forth, author
Loyola University Chicago