Subproject C08 — Security and Empire. Dynamics of Securitization in Colonial Spaces of the British Empire, 1780-1920
third funding stage (2022-2025)
The sub-project investigates the connection between transformations of imperial and colonial orders and processes of securitisation in the history of the British Empire in the long 19th century. Perceptions of and dealing with insecurity were basic elements of this history. Using the example of the Anglo-French Caribbean with Jamaica and Saint-Domingue as well as the US-American zone of influence in the Pacific and British India, a special focus is placed on the significance of intra- and trans-imperial interactions. Questions about notions and the handling of (in)security thus make it possible to examine functional mechanisms of imperial orders as well as stabilising and centrifugal forces from a new perspective, contributing to a deeper understanding of the shaping and transformation of rule in colonial spaces of the British Empire.