Saliha Belmessous

Associate Professor of History
Associate Professor

I research and write about European colonial ideologies and the imperial experiences of indigenous peoples. I am currently working on a ARC-funded project which aims to challenge long-held ideas about empire and the role of subject peoples. It endeavours to question the view that resistance was the obvious way in which colonised peoples responded to European domination. It is designed to explore the proposition that colonised peoples engaged with empire, its structures and values in more complex and various ways than has been assumed. Individuals and communities worked inside the structures of imperial rule and identified opportunities whereby they could improve their lives and work towards their emancipation and that of their communities. This project focuses on the entire period of French rule in Algeria (1830 to 1962).

Over the last few years, I have also been engaged in a research project that focuses on European and non-European legal interactions from the 15th to the 19th century.  I have, in particular, included Indigenous voices in the debate over European appropriation of overseas territories and argued that imperial legal negotiations and claims were also a product of these cross-cultural interactions. I am now studying the ways in which diplomatic negotiations between European and non-European polities were a matrix for a hybrid law of nations.

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Publications

Books
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Belmessous S, (ed.), 2015, Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion, 1600-1900, Oxford University Press, New York,
2015
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, (ed.), 2014, Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion, 1600-1900, Oxford University Press, New York
2014
Belmessous S, (ed.), 2014, Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion, 1600-1900, Oxford University Press, New York
2014
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, (ed.), 2012, Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920, 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, 2020, 'Peace Treaties Between Colonial Powers and Indigenous Peoples in North America', in Dingel I; Rohrschneider M; Schmidt-Voges I; Westphal S; Whaley J (ed.), Handbuch Frieden im Europa der Frühen Neuzeit/ Handbook Peace in Early Modern Europe, De Gruyter, Munich
2020
Belmessous S, 2019, '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
2019
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
Creative Written Works
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Belmessous S, 2018, Indigenous and European laws of nations in North America to 1763, Trajectories. Newsletter of the ASA Comparative and Historical Sociology Section
2018
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
Belmessous S, (ed.), 2014, Native claims: Indigenous law against Empire, 1500-1920, Oxford University Press, New York, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/native-claims-9780199386116?lang=en&cc=au
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, 2019, 'Emancipation within Empire: an Algerian Alternative during the Decolonisation Era', History Workshop Journal, vol. 88
2019
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, 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, 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