Bloody conquest and settlement over past centuries have produced the world we live in and will be discussed at The University of Western Australia in the History Lecture Series, 2008.
A fresh look at 19th and 20th century colonialism and empire will be the purpose of a series of lectures starting tonight and running until 1 October.
They will include case studies ranging from the making of Australia, to the Dutch colonial encounter and the Nazi killing fields of Eastern Europe.
The program follows last year's successful lecture series on dictators presented by the History Discipline at UWA.
UWA presenters include Helene Jaccomard, who will talk about ‘The End of French Colonialism: the Algerian war'. Giuseppe Finaldi's discussion is entitled ‘Massacres and Modernity: Italian colonialism in Ethiopia' and Norman Etherington will end the series with a look at the ‘21st Century American Empire'.
Presenters from other universities include Julie Evans of the University of Melbourne whose lecture is entitled ‘Law, Legitimacy and the Frontier', and Philip Murphy of Reading University, who will talk about the use of violence in British Central Africa between 1945 and 1965.
The lectures will be held every Wednesday evening, at 6pm, in UWA's Geography Lecture Theatre 1.