Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Empire of Hell
Religion and the Campaign to End Convict Transportation in the British Empire, 1788–1875

£75.00

  • Date Published: March 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107043084

£ 75.00
Hardback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
eBook


Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • This revisionist history of convict transportation from Britain and Ireland will challenge much that you thought you knew about religion and penal colonies. Based on original archival sources, it examines arguments by elites in favour and against the practice of transportation and considers why they thought it could be reformed, and, later, why it should be abolished. In this, the first religious history of the anti-transportation campaign, Hilary M. Carey addresses all the colonies and denominations engaged in the debate. Without minimising the individual horror of transportation, she demonstrates the wide variety of reformist experiments conducted in the Australian penal colonies, as well as the hulks, Bermuda and Gibraltar. She showcases the idealists who fought for more humane conditions for prisoners, as well as the 'political parsons', who lobbied to bring transportation to an end. The complex arguments about convict transportation, which were engaged in by bishops, judges, priests, politicians and intellectuals, crossed continents and divided an empire.

    • Provides a comprehensive historical investigation of convict transportation that reveals the full scale of religious engagement in the practice
    • Reveals the full range of convict experience beyond popular misconceptions
    • Demonstrates the full extent to which the arguments of religious thinkers affected penal reform and eventually led to the abolishment of convict transportation
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'This brilliantly original and insightful book offers an entirely new interpretation of penal transportation in Britain's imperial world that will fundamentally alter the perspective of historians of punishment and the British Empire. Empire of Hell is an outstanding contribution to the field of religious, criminal justice and colonial history, and will be a key point of reference for many years to come.' Clare Anderson, University of Leicester

    'Empire of Hell is a laboriously researched, comprehensive, authoritative study. It ranges geographically from Van Diemen's Land to Gibraltar and denominationally from Evangelical Anglicans to Secular Utilitarians, from Catholics to Quakers, and much more. Hilary M. Carey is unquestionably one of the greatest scholars of religion under British rule working today.' Timothy Larsen, Wheaton College, Illinois

    'By insisting on the centrality of religion to convict colonialism, Hilary M. Carey has broken down a long-standing and restrictive divide in imperial historiography. The result is an outstanding and highly-readable book that provides a radical new interpretation of both the anti-transportation moment and of imperial reform itself.' Kirsten McKenzie, University of Sydney

    'This book restores a pulse to British nineteenth-century penal policy. As Hilary M. Carey demonstrates, religious arguments empowered the development of overseas convict colonies while simultaneously fuelling the forces that tore them down. Empire of Hell transforms our understanding of the decline of transportation and the rise of the prison.' Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, University of Tasmania

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107043084
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction: 'Empire of Hell'
    2. Saints, Whigs and penal colonies, 1788–1822
    3. 'Hell upon earth': Sir George Arthur in Van Diemen's land, 1823–1837
    4. Quakers and convict concerns
    5. Christian utilitarianism and Archbishop Richard Whately
    6. Catholics, Protestants and the 'horrors of transportation'
    7. 'Ocean hell': Captain Maconochie and Norfolk Island, 1837–1844
    8. Probation in Van Diemen's land, 1840–1849
    9. 'Political parsons' and the anti-transportation movement, 1847–1854
    10. 'Floating hells': Bermuda, Gibraltar and the Hulks, 1850–1875
    11. 'Reformatory colony': Western Australia, 1850–1868
    12. Conclusion: 'this great scheme of human redemption'
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Hilary M. Carey, University of Bristol
    Hilary M. Carey is Professor of Imperial and Religious History at the University of Bristol. She is the author of God's Empire (Cambridge, 2011), nominated for the Ernest Scott Prize, and co-editor of Religion and Greater Ireland (2015). She is conjoint professor at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×