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Land rights and land reform were central elements of colonial history. This book looks at their significance for British colonial policy in Nyasaland (modern Malawi), and how the British government tried to prevent discontent among Africans living or working on European-owned private estates. The first section outlines the political and geographical context, the original acquisition of land by foreigners the restriction of the indigenous population to Trust Lands, against a background of rising labour demand, population pressure and discontent. In 1948 Geoffrey Colby was appointed Governor. He was aware of the potentially explosive nature of these issues, and the book describes his policy of land purchase and the abolition of the hated thangata system, by which African tenants paid their foreign landlords annual rent in money or labour. The conclusion emphasises the racial conflict inherent in the employment of indigenous labour on foreign-owned land and summarizes the steps taken to prevent its escalation in the run-up to independence.
This is a study of a development governor in Nyasaland (now Malawi) in the period leading up to decolonization and the end of empire. Geoffrey Colby came to Nyasaland at a particularly difficult time - when the important white settler community was pressing for the Central African Federation and therefore closer ties with white-dominated Southern Rhodesia, a move resisted by growing African nationalism. He was always aware of the danger of another Mau Mau and handled the problems associated with the decolonization process with sensitivity and vigour. The biography shows Geoffrey Colby as an efficient and humane official who was concerned above all with development issues while being aware of the tension between the economically dominant white settler community and the emerging class of African nationalists.
This book develops a theoretical perspective on homemaking as the ethnic condition of Indian diaspora communities. It draws on empirical case studies to elucidate the multiple homemaking practices of two overseas Indian groups and their relations to their homeland, namely the Surinami Hindustanis and the Dutch Hindustanis. In doing so, it provides a new perspective on homemaking that captures ethnogenesis, integration, and diasporic bonding at once. As opposed to the extant discourse on homemaking which overlooks institutional and cultural requirements, the author makes a point to scrutinise such concepts as douglarisation, groupism, citizenship, institutions, ethnification, social networks and technology, and transnational flows. Unique and compelling, the book will be highly useful in studies of diaspora, globalization and transnational migration, multiculturalism, cultural studies, ethnic minority studies, sociology, politics and international relations, and South Asian studies.
This is a study of the colonization of Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu and South India by the French during the eighteenth century, and their interactions with the Indian rulers and populations in the political, economic, social and religious spheres. French Governors based in Pondicherry since Francois Martin up to Dupleix never acquired any territory for France through outright conquest. They or their masters in France never had any grand plan to establish a French empire in India. Some Indian rulers were friendly with the French and the English as it served their interests. The study demonstrates that the French colonizers and missionaries would not have survived in India without the collaboration of the Indian dubashes, merchants, certain Indian rulers and military men. This collaboration was not on an equal footing, as the sepoys, merchants and dubashes were always subordinate and submissive to the Europeans. Even Ananda Ranga Poulle, the most famous of the Indian dubashes had to resort to the art of flattery to be in the good books of his 'master'. European arrival and presence in India heralded the beginning of a cultural clash between the Europeans and Indians, in which the former had the upper hand. There was never any partnership or 'master-bania' relationship between the French and the Indians. Instead, the relationship had all the trappings of a 'master-subordinate' relationship, where the subordinate even though he might be a dubash was always at the mercy of the colon izers. The element of force, aggressivity and violence was omnipresent in European presence and expansion in India, in the political, economic and religious fields. Please note: This title is co-published with X. Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The October Revolution undoubtedly produced a radicalising effect on the Indian situation from the very beginning. At the end of World War I, India was astir with workers' strikes and massive demonstrations against British repression. Peasant unrest was also growing. It was this awakened India, entering the mass phase of its fight for independence, which looked to the Russian Revolution and to its leader Lenin for inspiration and help.They further saw that Lenin and other leaders of Soviet Russia stood for a new social order in which exploitation of man by man is ended, an order based on brotherhood, equality and cooperation of men, and had established a society in which the working class and the toiling people had come into their own and taken over the reins of administration to build socialism. This volume contains several articles and essays concerning the Indian national movement and the support extended by Russia. In particular,the essays related to the lives of the expatriate Indian revolutionaries in Europe and the meeting of Indian revolutionaries with Lenin are of interest in this volume. The views of Indian national leaders like M.K. Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, B.G. Tilak among others on Russian Revolution are also included. In short, this volume will be useful to understand the support extended by Russia to the Indian national movement during the first half of the twentieth century. Please note: This title is co-published with Aakar Books, New Delhi. Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the print edition in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives or Bhutan)
This book is about the impact of decolonisation on British civic society in the 1960s. It shows how participants in middle class associational life developed optimistic visions for a post-imperial global role. Through the pursuit of international friendship, through educational efforts to know and understand the world, and through the provision of assistance to those in need, the British public imagined themselves as important actors on a global stage. As this book shows, the imperial past remained an important repository of skill, experience, and expertise in the 1960s, one that was called upon by a wide range of associations to justify their developing practices of international engagement. This book will be useful to scholars of modern British history, particularly those with interests in empire, internationalism, and civil society. The book is also designed to be accessible to undergraduates studying these areas. -- .
Based on extensive archival research and access to private papers, government records and interviews and correspondence with politicians and a large number of officers who served with him in Africa and Cyprus, this volume explores the career of Sir Robert Armitage. Armitage served in four British colonies during his career, beginning in Kenya, where he created the Isiolo refugee camp and his financial aid helped develop Kenya. As Nkrumah's finance minister he aided the Gold Coast in gaining independence and then became Governor of Cyprus where violence broke out in 1955. Later, Armitage served as Governor of Nyasaland during the Central Africa Federation's middle years and the 1959 state of emergency. In his book, Colin Baker carefully and sensitively re-traces Armitage's carer and examines his relations with those responsible for colonial policy, such as British Prime Ministers, Churchill, Eden, Macmillan and Home, and its consequences.
Covering a vital period in the history of Central Africa, this work examines the growth of nationalist violence in Nyasaland, the declaration of the State of Emergency and the repercussions of the Devlin Commission at home and abroad. Based on correspondence and interviews with surviving officials, the author details the events of 1959 that hastened moves to independence across the whole continent. The book examines the bitter power struggles in the British House of Commons and House of Lords, the deep splits in the ruling Conservative party and the heated rows between the Prime Minister and the governor of Nyasaland.
Analysing three cases of British colonial violence that occurred in the latter half of the 19th century, this book argues that all three share commonalities, including the role of racial prejudices in justifying the perpetration of extreme colonial violence. Exploring the connections and comparisons between the Perak War (1875-76), the 'Hut Tax' Revolt in Sierra Leone (1898-99) and the Anglo-Egyptian War of Reconquest in the Sudan (1896-99), Gordon highlights the significance of decision-making processes, communication between London and the periphery and the influence of individual colonial administrators in outbreaks of violence. This study reveals the ways in which racial prejudices, the advocacy of a British 'civilising mission' and British racial 'superiority' informed colonial administrators' decisions on the ground, as well as the rationalisation of extreme violence. Responding to a neglect of British colonial atrocities within the historiography of colonial violence, this work demonstrates the ways in which Britain was just as willing and able as other European Empires to resort to extreme measures in the face of indigenous resistance or threats to the British imperial project.
Published to mark the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 and the establishment of the first colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts, the Haynes Mayflower Manual tells the story of how the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from Plymouth in Devon to America, seeking to establish a fresh life in the New World free from religious persecution. After a gruelling 66-day journey across the Atlantic the ship and its 102 passengers ended landed at Cape Cod. In the harsh winter that followed roughly half their number died of disease and malnutrition. The group finally decided on a site in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they built their colony. From these challenging beginnings Plymouth became the birthplace of modern America. The Haynes Mayflower Manual looks at the first colonies and the first settlers in America; the story of the 'lost colony' on Roanoke Island, North Carolina; what made the Pilgrim Fathers travel to the New World; the historic voyage of the Mayflower; how seafarers crossed the oceans in the 17th century; early settler life in New England; the inspiring story of the replica Mayflower II in 1957 and its recent renovation for the 400th anniversary celebrations in September 2020.
For generations, British thinkers told the history of an empire whose story was still very much in the making. While they wrote of conquest, imperial rule in India, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean was consolidated. While they described the development of imperial governance, rebellions were brutally crushed. As they reimagined empire during the two world wars, decolonization was compromised. Priya Satia shows how these historians not only interpreted the major political events of their time but also shaped the future that followed. Satia makes clear that historical imagination played a significant role in the unfolding of empire. History emerged as a mode of ethics in the modern period, endowing historians from John Stuart Mill to Winston Churchill with outsized policymaking power. Braided with this story is an account of alternative visions articulated by anticolonial thinkers such as William Blake, Mahatma Gandhi, and E. P. Thompson. By the mid-twentieth century, their approaches had reshaped the discipline of history and the ethics that came with it. Time's Monster reveals the dramatic consequences of writing history today as much as in the past. Against the backdrop of enduring global inequalities, debates about reparations, and the crisis in the humanities, Satia's is an urgent moral voice.