n New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy - Civilian-driven settler genocide : comparing the Cape Colony and California - crises of capitalism

Volume 2019 Number 74
  • ISSN : 1607-2820


The study of genocide has several shortcomings, and foremost among them is the lack of significant consideration of cases of genocide outside of the ambit of state and official authorities as perpetrators of genocide in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. This paper describes and compares the exterminatory violence of hunter-gatherer societies on two different continents by volunteer civilian militia groups and argues that these were civilian-driven settler genocides.

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