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Exile in Colonial AsiaKings, Convicts, Commemoration$
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Ronit Ricci

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824853747

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824853747.001.0001

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Exile in Colonial Asia

Exile in Colonial Asia

Kings, Convicts, Commemoration

(p.1) Introduction Exile in Colonial Asia
Exile in Colonial Asia

Ronit Ricci

University of Hawai'i Press

Exile was a potent form of punishment and a catalyst for change in colonial Asia and Australia. Through vast networks of forced migration labour was supplied to emerging colonial settlements while individuals threatening European rule were shipped to faraway destinations. The study of the complex and far-flung histories of exile poses multiple methodological challenges and requires new approaches of data collection and analysis employing perspectives from a range of academic disciplines. Exile is explored in this volume's case studies by way of three categories: ‘kings,’ royals banished as political exiles; ‘convicts,’ the vast majority of those whose lives are explored in this volume, sent halfway across the world with often unexpected consequences; and ‘commemoration,’ referring to the myriad ways in which exile and its aftermath were remembered by those exiled, relatives left behind, colonial officials, and subsequent generations of descendants, devotees, historians and politicians who recast the exilic experiences of colonial Asia in various forms and contexts.

Keywords:   exile, colonial, Asia, Australia, royal, convict, commemoration, migration, network

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