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Agency and Action in Colonial Africa : Essays for John E. Flint - Christopher P. Youe

Agency and Action in Colonial Africa

Essays for John E. Flint

By: Christopher P. Youe (Editor), Tim Stapleton (Editor)

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The coming of colonialism to Subsaharan Africa generated many forces that historians often describe in abstract terms: peasantization, leadership, nationalism and even colonialism. Such terms often hide or overwhelm the individual experiences of those who, in some way, contributed to the development and demise of colonial Africa. These 'agents' of empire - intellectuals and peasants, chiefs and ex-slaves, nationalists and colonial officials - symbolise the ambiguities of and limitations on colonial power. Agency and Action in Colonial Africa attempts to capture their role.

'This collection is a fine tribute to John Flint, the Dalhousie University historian, whose wide-ranging research on the history of colonialism in Africa has done much to challenge established thinking. The book shows how Flint's ways of understanding the colonial era have been influential in the work of his students and colleagues. Presenting the results of research on all parts of sub-Saharan Africa, Agency and Action reveals the complexities and ambiguities of the colonial era through the lives and careers of a diverse group of colonial agents and subjects. In different ways, each of these chapters follows the approach of Flint himself by showing how individual ambitions, beliefs and actions were both shaped by and makers of the colonial experience.' - Alan Jeeves, President, Canadian Association of African Studies



'...an important book...the essays are all of a quality to rival those in the top journal...' - Toyin Falola, African Studies Review

Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: John Flint and Agency in Historyp. 1
John Flint's Publicationsp. 9
Faku, the Mpondo and Colonial Advance in the Eastern Cape, 1834-53p. 12
'Scientific Gold': Robert Koch and Africa, 1883-1906p. 34
Colonial Commandants and the Administration of Slavery Policy in French West Africap. 50
Slavery, Sorcery and Colonial 'Reality' in Mauritania, c. 1910-60p. 69
'You Are Tearing My Skirt': Labotsibeni Gwamile LaMdluli of Swazilandp. 83
A Christian, Civilized Man: D.D.T. Jabavu of South Africap. 100
Creech Jones and African Universities, 1943-50p. 126
Chiefs and the Making of Industrial Policy in Nigeriap. 141
Critical Agents: Colonial Nigerian Intellectuals and their British Counterpartsp. 156
Rebellion and Quiescence: Kenyan and Rhodesian Responses to Forced Removals in the 1950sp. 172
Hastings Banda and Cold War Politics in Malawip. 195
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780333778852
ISBN-10: 0333778855
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 219
Published: 18th June 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1