Camps are emblems of the modern world, but they first appeared under the imperial tutelage of Victorian Britain. Comparative and transnational in scope, Barbed-Wire Imperialism, by 2010 Fellow Aidan Forth, situates the concentration and refugee camps of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) within longer traditions of controlling the urban poor in metropolitan Britain and managing “suspect” populations in the empire. Workhouses and prisons, along with criminal tribe settlements and enclosures for the millions of Indians displaced by famine and plague in the late nineteenth century, offered early prototypes for mass encampment. Venues of great human suffering, British camps were artifacts of liberal empire that inspired and legitimized the practices of future regimes. Buy it on Amazon.

Publication Details

Barbed-Wire Imperialism: Britain’s Empire of Camps, 1876-1903
Forth, Aidan A. H.
University of California / University of California Press
Publish Date
October 2017
Forth, Aidan A. H., Barbed-Wire Imperialism: Britain's Empire of Camps, 1876-1903 (University of California / University of California Press, October 2017).