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Title:On the Nilotic frontier: imperial Ethiopia in the southern Sudan, 1898-1936
Author:Johnson, D.H.ISNI
Book title:The Southern marches of imperial Ethiopia: essays in history and social anthropology
Year:1986
Pages:219-245
Language:English
Geographic terms:Sudan
Ethiopia
Subjects:colonial conquest
history
1850-1899
1900-1949
Abstract:Examination of relations between the imperial Ethiopian government and the Anuak and Nuer of the Sudanese border region, who lived in environments uncongenial to highland colonization. They were spared some of the more extreme forms of imperial Ethiopian rule, but yet, for at least the first thirty years of this century, Ethiopian influence was felt by Nilotes on the border and was expanded by them to the banks of the White Nile and the Bahr al-Jabal. Through interwoven systems of tribute and trade, large sections of the southern Sudan, though administered by the Anglo-Egyptian government, were effectively exploited by imperial Ethiopia as part of its hinterland. Such autonomy as the Nilotes gained on the fringes of the Ethiopian empire was maintained by their geography, their culture, and their ability to manipulate the international border. In the end they were able to achieve far more flexible relations, based on reciprocity, with the Ethiopian border adminstration than they enjoyed with the Anglo-Egyptian government in the Sudan. Notes, ref. (p. 287-294).
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