Terra nullius: a journey through no one's land
""At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.""--Charles Darwin, "The Descent of Man" "Terra nullius"--no man's land--was the legal fiction employed to justify the white invasion of Australia. Aboriginal lands were declared "terra nullius" because, it was claimed, they were inhabited by people who would soon die out--and who could be helped on the way to extinction if they lingered. Author of the acclaimed ""Exterminate All the Brutes"" and "A History of Bombing," Sven Lindqvist is one of the most innovative writers and historians at work today. He brings his original sensibility to bear as he travels 12,000 kilometers through so-called no man's land in search of places where belief in the rights of the white man and the inevitable extinction of the "lower races" were put into practice. The world the Aborigines had known for centuries ended as young boys were kidnapped to dive for pearls, then whipped and abandoned when the bends ruined them for work; "half-caste" children were taken from their mothers; and natives were put in neck irons and sent to internment camps under false diagnoses of STDs. Mining history, popular fiction, anthropology, and his own travels, Lindqvist brilliantly weaves together an illuminating and disturbing history of how "no man's land" became the province of the white man.
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Review: Terra Nullius: A Journey Through No One's LandUser Review - Isabelle - Goodreads
Such a light-touch and at the same time so powerful. The feel of this gigantic land and the horror of this Conquest. Read full review
Review: Terra Nullius: A Journey Through No One's LandUser Review - Lydia - Goodreads
All the terrible things you suspected happened to the Australian Aborigines at the hands of Europeans...and worse things. This is an interesting travelogue through Australia but it has a dreamlike way ... Read full review
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