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People and Empires in African History

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These essays, collected in memory of Michael Crowder, reflect his interests as a distinguished Africanist and show, perhaps, how later scholars may build upon the foundations he laid. He was a writer, editor, scholar, teacher and academic administrator, making an outstanding contribution to African historical scholarship, and to African art and culture. The contributions place the imperial experience in its context, and to show the relationship between people - individuals and groups, with diverse languages, culture, religion, history, economic and political interests, and social class - and "empire", both in pre-colonial times and after. The essays cover pre-colonial empires, the early British colonial attitudes, the essential nature of colonial rule which Crowder experienced at first-hand; African resistence to the imposition of colonial rule and accommodation to it; and the policies and practices of other European colonial powers. There is much stress on the extraordinary diversity of African people and groups, and the British in Africa.
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The royal pilgrimage tradition of the Saifawa of Kanem and Borno, Bawuro M. Barkindo; the Jihad debate between Sokoto and Borno - an historical analysis of Islamic political discourse in Nigeria, Louis Brenner; injustice and legitimacy in the early Sokoto caliphate, Murray Last; the French Revolution and race relations in Senegal, 1778-1811, Amanda Sackur; Shakespeare's "Tempest" - a preview of colonial rule, Eldred D. Jones; early resistance to colonialism - Montague James and the Maroons in Jamaica, Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone, Mavis C. Campbell; the place of Sierra Leone in African diaspora studies, Akintola J.G. Wyse; the Lebanese in Colonial West Africa, Toyin Falola; politics, families and freemasonry in the colonial Gold Coast, Augustus Casely-Hayford and Richard Rathbone; landscapes of dissent - Ikale and Ilaje country 1870-1950, Paul Richards; conflict and collaboration in South-Eastern Namibia - missionaries, concessionaires and the Nama's war against German imperialism, 1880-1908, B.T. Mokopakgosi; Colonel Rey and the colonial rulers of Botswana - mercenary and missionary traditions in administration, 1884-1955, Neil Parsons; gender and decolonization - a study of three women in West African public life, Le Ray Denzer.

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