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10 November 2018


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Martin Auld

Chris - " emotionally loaded way of describing the pacification process".

And yet 'pacification' is itself a euphemism. Other colonial powers in the region had pacification campaigns between 1910 and WW2: Dutch, Portuguese and of course Australian.

Our pacification campaign in the East Kimberley during the 1920s was arguably genocidal.

The period you write about is a generation later but perhaps comparing the policy and practice of pacification by the various colonial powers in the region could be a fruitful exercise?

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