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Specters of Violence in a Colonial ContextNew Caledonia, 1917$
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Adrian Muckle

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835095

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835095.001.0001

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“The last of the kanak revolts”?

“The last of the kanak revolts”?

(p.167) 8 “The last of the kanak revolts”?
Specters of Violence in a Colonial Context

Adrian Muckle

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter argues that even though the 1919 trial did not categorically resolve questions of responsibility regarding 1917–1918 War, the trial's wake compelled members of all communities “to put the past behind them.” Measures to prevent any recurrence of revolt and to allay settler fears—such as re-establishing military posts, building new roads, enforcing fencing regulations for a time, and supervising the gendarmerie more closely—were conducted. Prospective settlers were assured that all was well: despite the recent “native insurrection,” Reynell C. Bellamy, wrote that “everyone assured us there was nothing to fear from the kanakas,” who only required “firm handling.” Despite the colonial administration's concern to allay fears, however, the inhabitants of the “not very likeable” tribus remained “a subject of preoccupation” as did the possibility of another revolt.

Keywords:   1919 trial, 1917–1918 War, revolt, native insurrection, Reynell C. Bellamy, tribus

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