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Title:'Pacification' under Pressure: A Political Economy of Liberian Intervention in Nimba 1912-1918
Author:Ford, Martin
Year:1989
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Volume:14
Issue:2
Pages:44-63
Language:English
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:colonial wars
history
1910-1919
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
Abstract:This paper outlines the pressures that motivated the Liberian government to expand into Nimba, an area wedged between the French possessions of Guinea and the Ivory Coast, between 1912 and 1918, as well as the immediate impacts of this intervention on the local Dan and Mano societies. Rather than view 'pacification' in Nimba as simply a domestic affair - a confrontation between the government of Liberia and a supposedly refractory people - the author pays particular attention to the context of events, the larger system of relations in which the military campaign occurred. He argues that the Liberian conquest of Nimba was a poorly planned and hastily executed retort to French pressure along the border; and that the Dan reaction was conditioned by Mandingo commercial penetration, which was, in itself, influenced by French economic activity in neighbouring Guinea and Ivory Coast. Notes, ref.
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