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Title:The Cambridge History of Africa: vol. 6: From 1870 to 1905
Editors:Fage, J.D.ISNI
Oliver, Roland
Sanderson, G.N.ISNI
Chapter(s):Present
Year:1985
Pages:956
Language:English
City of publisher:Cambridge
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISBN:0521228034
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:history
1850-1899
1900-1909
Abstract:This volume consists of regionally rather than thematically oriented chapters, followed by an equal number of bibliographical essays and bibliographies. Within this period the new colonial unities were defined territorially by European treaties; politically by their subjection to new bodies of laws; administratively by the presence of new alien bureaucracies. As colonial rule continued, inchoate new politics would increasingly develop distinctive identities. Increasingly, Africans recognised possibilities of realising their own aims and advancing their own interests within and through the new colonial order - not merely the weak who had originally welcomed protection against strong neighbours, but chiefs and aspirants to chiefly office, traders, court-clerks, teachers, letter-writers, and interpreters. But it was not merely collaborators and opportunists who found their activities increasingly focused within the colonial state; the prospect of its reform and ultimate capture provided prophets of African nationality within the petty bourgeoisie with concrete objectives they had previously lacked. Bibliogr. essay p. 783-787, bibliogr. p. 844-850, notes.
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