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By Edmund James Yorke

ISBN-10: 1137435798

ISBN-13: 9781137435798

ISBN-10: 1349683345

ISBN-13: 9781349683345

An insightful account of the devastating influence of the nice battle, upon the already fragile British colonial African country of Northern Rhodesia. Deploying huge archival and infrequent facts from surviving African veterans, it investigates African resistance at present.

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A. Wallace, the Administrator agreed: ‘These people have not been worried by much Administrative rule and some of them [ . . 77 The Colonial Office response to Wallace’s proposals involving the despatch of police reinforcements to the areas and disarmament of both the Kaonda and Lunda tribes, also again demonstrated the curious ambivalence of the Company-imperial relationship. On the one hand, officials, mindful of Trust responsibilities and suspicious of Company machinations, attributed the trouble to Company excesses.

443) 1906 1907 1908 1909 1,579 7,590 7,411 7,457 1910 1911 1912 1913 9,120 6,588 12,126 6,501 1914 1915 1916 1917 5,408 6,602 4,142 8,549 1918 1919 1920 1921 5,418 8,509 14,579 9,058 to the plantations8 and railways of German East Africa and Nyasaland. In annual terms, however, these probably numbered a few hundred rather than thousands. Northern Rhodesia’s own internal labour demand was also small with little industrial and agricultural development in the territory and few white settlers. Where possible white farmers recruited locally to avoid the costly services of the RNLB.

Had not the shadow of a right to the title’. 50 The usurping headmen were returned to their original subordinate status. In Fort Jameson District also, Ngoni District Headmen (confusingly titled ‘District Messengers’), who had similarly usurped the role of several traditional chiefs were also being replaced on the eve of war,51 thus demonstrating the depth of the Administration’s commitment to a rigid collaborative model based on ethnicity. The Administration’s heavy reliance upon traditional elites as collaborators, however, ironically failed to protect the latter from the political impact of ruthless pre-war economy drives.

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