Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State


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Harvard University Press
Publish Date
May 05, 2020
6.5 X 9.4 X 1.2 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Benjamin D. Hopkins is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University. He has received research awards from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Leverhulme Trust, and the National University of Singapore.


An outstanding book, with an original and clearly articulated argument well supported by evidence from an impressive array of archives around the world. Informed by the logic of empire and capitalism, frontier governmentality locked those at the margins of empire into a relationship of dependency with no prospect for economic betterment. Hopkins tells a gripping story well. His provocative contention that violence created colonial empires but sustains postcolonial states ought to stir up debate.--Ayesha Jalal, author of The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics
This is an ambitious and important book. The concept of 'frontier governmentality' is a very engaging and largely persuasive idea with broad applicability. Hopkins provides us with new ways to think about the relationship between the center and periphery, and the ambitious comparative dimension--along with the refusal to flatten differences--makes this a work that will command a wide readership in the fields of British Empire, Central and South Asia, and world history, but will also speak directly to those who study indigenous peoples, colonialism and post-colonialism, and global borderlands.--Andrew Graybill, author of Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier