This edited collection argues for the importance of recovering Indigenous participation within global networks of imperial power and wider histories of "transnational" connections. It takes up a crucial challenge for new imperial and transnational histories: to explore the historical role of colonized and subaltern communities in these processes, and their legacies in the present. Bringing together prominent and emerging scholars who have begun to explore Indigenous networks and "transnational" encounters, and to consider the broader significance of "extra-local" connections, exchanges and mobility for Indigenous peoples, this work engages closely with some of the key historical scholarship on transnationalism and the networks of European imperialism. Chapters deploy a range of analytic scales, including global, regional and intra-Indigenous networks, and methods, including histories of ideas and cultural forms and biography, as well as exploring contemporary legacies. In drawing these perspectives together, this book charts an important new direction in research.

chapter |26 pages

Introduction: Indigenous Networks

Historical Trajectories and Contemporary Connections

part I|68 pages

British Imperial Networks in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

chapter 1|21 pages

The Slave-Owner and the Settler

chapter 2|25 pages

Indigenous Engagements with Humanitarian Governance

The Port Phillip Protectorate of Aborigines and ‘Humanitarian Space’

chapter 3|20 pages

‘The Lying Name of “Government”’

Empire, Mobility and Political Rights 1

part II|121 pages

Mobility, Hybridity and Networks

chapter 4|17 pages

‘The Singular Transcultural Space’

Networks of Ships, Mariners, Voyagers and ‘Native’ Men at Sea, 1790–1870 1

chapter 5|26 pages

Indigenous Interlocutors

Networks of Imperial Protest and Humanitarianism in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

chapter 6|27 pages

Picturing Macassan–Australian Histories

Odoardo Beccari’s 1873 Photographs of the ‘Orang-Mereghi’ and Indigenous Authenticity

chapter 7|17 pages

‘Mr. Moses Goes to England’

Twentieth-Century Mobility and Networks at the Six Nations Reserve, Ontario

chapter 8|32 pages

A ‘Happy Blending’?

Maori Networks, Anthropology and ‘Native’ Policy in New Zealand, the Pacific and Beyond

part III|77 pages

Indigenous Activist Networks

chapter 9|22 pages

Contesting the Empire of Paper

Cultures of Print and Anti-Colonialism in the Modern British Empire

chapter 11|11 pages

Marching to a Different Beat

The Influence of the International Black Diaspora on Aboriginal Australia

chapter 12|13 pages

Fifty Years of Indigeneity

Legacies and Possibilities

chapter |8 pages

Epilogue: Indigenising Transnationalism?

Challenges for New Imperial and Cosmopolitan Histories