Saliha Belmessous

Associate Professor of History
Associate Professor

I research and teach the global history of empires. I am interested in the political and legal history of colonisation; the imperial experiences of colonised peoples; and the dynamics of cross-cultural encounters -- these are all issues that have an impact upon contemporary problems. My current research reassesses the legal and political worlds in which European and non-European societies interacted and challenges recent evaluations of the history of international law. I am examining, more particularly, the ways in which diplomatic negotiations between European and non-European polities were a matrix for a hybrid law of nations.

Other Languages Spoken
French
Books
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Belmessous S; Hickford M; Van Hulle I, (eds.), 2023, The Cambridge History of International Law. Volume III: International Law in Africa, the Americas and Oceania, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
2023
Belmessous S, (ed.), 2015, Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion, 1600-1900, Oxford University Press, New York, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/empire-by-treaty-9780199391783?cc=au&lang=en&
2015
Belmessous S, 2013, Assimilation and Empire: Uniformity in French and British Colonies, 1541-1954, Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199579167.do
2013
Belmessous S, 2012, Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920, Belmessous S, (ed.), Paperback edition in 2014, Oxford University Press, New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794850.001.0001
2012
Belmessous S, 1999, D'un préjugé culturel à un préjugé racial: la politique indigène de la France au Canada, Original, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, Lille
1999
Book Chapters
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Belmessous S, 2023, 'International Law in the Americas to 1800', in Belmessous S; Hickford M; Van Hulle I (ed.), The Cambridge History of International Law. Volume III: International Law in Africa, the Americas and Oceania, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
2023
Belmessous S, 2022, 'Rights in the Seventeenth-Century French Empire', in Fitzmaurice A; Hammersley R (ed.), The Cambridge History of Rights. Volume 2: Rights in the Early-Modern Period, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
2022
Belmessous S, 2022, 'Rights and indigenous claims in settler colonies', in Edelstein D; Pitts J (ed.), The Cambridge History of Rights. Volume 4: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
2022
Belmessous S, 2020, 'La négociation diplomatique comme matrice d’un droit hybride au XVIIIe siècle', in Schnakenbourg E; Ternat F (ed.), Une diplomatie des lointains: la France face à la mondialisation des rivalités internationales, XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Rennes, pp. 69 - 88, http://www.pur-editions.fr/detail.php?idOuv=5040
2020
Belmessous S, 2018, 'The Treaty of Waitangi in Historical Context', in Hickford M; Jones C (ed.), Indigenous Peoples and the State: International Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi, edn. 1, Routledge, London, pp. 77 - 93, https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351240369/chapters/10.4324/9781351240376-11
2018
Belmessous S, 2015, 'The Tradition of Treaty-Making in Australian History', in Belmessous S (ed.), Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion, 1600-1900, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 186 - 213, http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199391783.do
2015
Belmessous S, 2015, 'The Paradox of an Empire by Treaty', in Belmessous S (ed.), Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion, 1600-1900, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 1 - 18, http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199391783.do
2015
Belmessous S, 2012, 'Wabanaki versus French and English claims in north-eastern North America c. 1715', in Belmessous S (ed.), Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 107 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794850.003.0005
2012
Belmessous S, 2012, 'The problem of indigenous claim making in colonial history', in Belmessous S (ed.), Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 3 - 18, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/native-claims-9780199794850?cc=au&lang=en&
2012
Edited Books
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Belmessous S, (ed.), 2014, Native claims: Indigenous law against Empire, 1500-1920, paperback, Oxford University Press, New York,
2014
Journal articles
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Belmessous S, 2020, 'Politics and Gender Bias in the Production of Historical Knowledge: Reassessing Muslim Loyalism during the Algerian War of Independence', Hespéris-Tamuda
2020
Belmessous S, 2020, 'Commemorating French Colonialism in Australia: On the Lapérouse Monument in Sydney', History Australia, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2020.1796499
2020
Belmessous S, 2020, 'Boundaries of the International: Law and Empire.', AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 125, pp. 195 - 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ahr/rhz1261
2020
Belmessous S, 2019, 'Emancipation within Empire: an Algerian Alternative during the Era of Decolonization', History Workshop Journal, vol. 88, pp. 153 - 179, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbz030
2019
Belmessous S, 2019, 'Emancipation within Empire: an Algerian Alternative during the Decolonisation Era', History Workshop Journal, vol. 88
2019
Belmessous S, 2018, 'Indigenous and European laws of nations in North America to 1763', Trajectories, vol. 29, pp. 2 - 5, http://chs.asa-comparative-historical.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Trajectories-Winter-2018.pdf
2018
Belmessous S, 2015, 'Nobility Lost: French and Canadian Martial Cultures, Indians, and the End of New France.', JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY, vol. 102, pp. 222 - 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jahist/jav183
2015
Belmessous S, 2012, 'Greatness and Decadence in French America', Renaissance Studies, vol. 26, pp. 559 - 579, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-4658.2012.00820.x
2012
Belmessous S, 2009, 'Living with Ambiguity: Integrating an African Elite in French and Portuguese Africa, 1930-61', JOURNAL OF IMPERIAL AND COMMONWEALTH HISTORY, vol. 37, pp. 495 - 497, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086530903157763
2009
Belmessous S, 2006, 'Le monument Lapérouse à Sydney ou l'histoire d'un mythe colonial franco-australien', Outre-Mers. Revue d'Histoire: explorations, colonisations, indépendences, vol. 94, pp. 51 - 68, http://www.persee.fr/doc/outre_1631-0438_2006_num_93_350_4189
2006
Belmessous S, 2005, 'Assimilation and Racialism in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Colonial Policy', American Historical Review, vol. 110, pp. 322 - 349, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/531317
2005
Belmessous S, 2004, 'Etre français en Nouvelle-France: Identité française et identité coloniale aux dix-septième et dix-huitième siècles (trans. Being French in New France: French and colonial identity in the 17th and 18th century)', French Historical Studies, vol. 27, pp. 507 - 540, https://muse.jhu.edu/article/171199
2004
Belmessous S, 2000, 'La politique indigène de la France au Canada ou les limites du métissage en histoire coloniale', Bulletin du CENA - EHESS, pp. 91 - 103
2000
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2015-2019
  • 2014 UNSW Dean's Award for Best Monograph for Assimilation and Empire: Uniformity in French and British Colonies, 1541-1954 (Oxford University Press)
  • Visiting Professorship, Université Paris 8, April 2014
  • 2013 New South Wales Premier's General History Prize for Assimilation and Empire: Uniformity in French and British Colonies, 1541-1954 (Oxford University Press)
  • Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council, 2011-2015.
  • National and State Libraries Australasian Honorary Fellowship, 2011.
  • US Studies Centre Research Grant, 2010.
  • University of Sydney Bridging Fellowship, 2009.
  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008.
  • Georges Lurcy Fellowship, 1995.
  • Lavoisier Program of Excellence Fellowship, 1994.
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1994.

Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2015-2019. Topic: The engagement of colonised peoples with empire (Algeria, 1830-1962)
Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council, 2011-2015. Topic: Indigenous land claims in historical context
Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008. Topic: Assimilation and Empire

  • colonial history
  • history of treaty-making, European expansion, dispossession
  • French History
  • Native American history
  • European history
  • global history
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