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Title:Agency and action in colonial Africa: essays for John E. Flint
Editors:Youé, ChrisISNI
Stapleton, TimISNI
Flint, John E.ISNI
City of publisher:Basingstoke
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:colonial history
colonial administrators
festschrifts (form)
About person:John Edgar FlintISNI
Abstract:Dedicated to John E. Flint, Emeritus Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Canada's premier historian of colonialism in Africa, the essays in this collective volume focus on agency in empire, mainly the British empire, as a way of grounding the abstract forces and impersonal structures of history. They deal both with individual agents, including the German scientist Robert Koch, the black South African political activist and Methodist lay preacher D.D.T. Jabavu, the Mpondo ruler Faku, the Queen Mother of the Swazi kingdom Labotsibeni LaMdluli, postwar British Colonial Secretary Arthur Creech Jones, and Hastings Kamuzu Banda of Malawi, and with collective agency: of French commandants charged with ending slavery in West Africa, of slaves who resisted French military authority by utilizing the surreal, of Nigerian chiefs and colonial Nigerian intellectuals, and of peasants in Kenya who rebelled against forced removals in the 1950s and those in Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe) who did not. Contributors: Myron Echenberg, Catherine Higgs, Allister Hinds, Ackson Kanduza, Martin Klein, Ann McDougall, Apollos Nwauwa, Joey Power, Tim Stapleton, Chris You, Phil Zachernuk.