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African Studies : An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750-1895: The Rise and Fall of an Island Empire Series Number 106 - Gwyn Campbell

African Studies

An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750-1895: The Rise and Fall of an Island Empire Series Number 106


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The first comprehensive economic history of pre-colonial Madagascar, this study examines the island's role from 1750 to 1895 in the context of a burgeoning international economy and the rise of modern European imperialism. Challenging conventional portrayals of nineteenth-century Madagascar as a unified and progressive kingdom, this study reveals that the Merina of the Central Highlands attempted to found an island empire and through the exploitation of its human and natural resources build the economic and military might to challenge British and French pretensions in the region. Ultimately, the Merina failed due to imperial forced labour policies and natural disasters, although by 1890, Madagascar was firmly integrated into a regional trade network stretching from South Africa to India and Britain acknowledged French claims to Madagascar. France took 13 years to conquer Madagascar, finally succeeding only due to the internal collapse of Merina power.

'... a substantial and thought-provoking contribution to the understanding of slavery and labor in the Indian Ocean World ... compelling argument to consider Madagascar as an integral part of the history of eastern Africa ...' Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 'It is a very valuable, informative ... book.' Journal of African History

The traditional economy, 17501820: industry and agriculture
The traditional economy, 17501820: commerce
Empire and the adoption of autarky, 181026
Industry and agriculture, 182095
Labour, 182095
Population, 182095
The trading structure, 182095
Foreign trade, 182095
The slave trade, 182095
Transport and communication, 182095
Currency and finance, 182095
Madagascar in the scramble for Indian Ocean Africa
Epilogue: the rise and fall of Imperial Madagascar
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ISBN: 9780521839358
ISBN-10: 0521839351
Series: African Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 434
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.64