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Title:Defining the 'flesh' of the black soldier in colonial Sierra Leone: background to the gunners' mutiny of 1939
Author:Cole, Festus
Year:2014
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Volume:48
Issue:2
Pages:275-295
Language:English
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:black soldiers
colonial forces
rebellions
1939
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00083968.2014.942870
Abstract:Instances of discontent within colonial military establishments in Africa have largely been ignored by historians of colonial Africa. The heavy focus on the incidence of coups in the historiography has helped to obscure the privations suffered by African soldiers in colonial armies. Using the Sierra Leone experience, this study draws on hitherto untapped archival material to examine the complex causes of the 'Gunners' Mutiny' of January 1939. While showing that the causes of mutinies could be significantly nuanced, the study helps to bridge a vital gap in Sierra Leone's history. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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