Anxieties, Fear and Panic in Colonial Settings

Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

  • Harald Fischer-Tiné

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Harald Fischer-Tiné, Christine Whyte
    Pages 1-23
  3. The Health of Body and Mind

  4. Imperial Panics and Discursive Responses

  5. Practical and Institutional Counter-measures

  6. ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Ignorance’

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 393-404

About this book


This book argues that the history of colonial empires has been shaped to a considerable extent by negative emotions such as anxiety, fear and embarrassment as well as by the regular occurrence of panics. The case studies it assembles examine the various ways in which panics and anxieties were generated in imperial situations and how they shook up the dynamics between seemingly all-powerful colonizers and the apparently defenceless colonized. Drawing from examples of the British, Dutch and German colonial experience, the volume sketches out some of the main areas (such as disease, native ‘savagery’ or sexual transgression) that generated panics or created anxieties in colonial settings and analyses the most common varieties of practical, discursive and epistemic strategies adopted by the colonisers to curb the perceived threats. 


colonies empire imperial colonialism panic cross-colonial

Editors and affiliations

  • Harald Fischer-Tiné
    • 1
  1. 1.ZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45135-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45136-7
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