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Title:German colonialism and the Cameroonian chieftaincy institution, 1884-1916: the politics of convenience, tyranny and hegemony
Authors:Mbapndah, Ndobegang
Samah, WaltersISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Lagos Historical Review (ISSN 1596-5031)
Volume:9
Pages:1-21
Language:English
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Kamerun
Germany
Subjects:colonial conquest
colonial administration
traditional rulers
Abstract:Studies on the status of African traditional rulers during colonial rule have repeatedly emphasized the denigration of the position, power and influence of traditional chiefs during the colonial period. But for a more balanced appraisal of the impact of colonialism, African traditional rulers need to be presented not only as losers. This paper focuses on the role played by traditional rulers in Cameroon during the period of German colonial rule. It demonstrates that notwithstanding the treatment meted out to chiefs by the German colonialists, African traditional rulers exploited their positions within the colonial dispensation to protect and advance their interests. One major outcome was that there were noticeable transformations and shifts in local and regional power relations amongst traditional chiefs. Some local chiefs gained greater recognition with indisputable accompanying influence and some of such gains have survived to the postcolonial period. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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