Nicholas Thomas is the author of several previous books including Out of Time: History and Evolution in Anthropological Discourse (Cambridge University Press, 1989) and Entangled Objects: Exchange, Material Culture and Colonialism in the Pacific (Harvard, 1991).
List of Illustrations. Preface. Introduction. 1. From Present to Past: the Politics of Colonial Studies. 2. Culture and Rule: Theories of Colonial Discourse. 3. From Past to Present: Colonial Epochs, Agents, and Locations. 4. Colonial Governmentality and Colonial Conversion. 5. Imperial Triumph, Settler Failure. 6. The Primitivist and the Postcolonial.