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Cooperation and Empire
Local Realities of Global Processes
Edited by Tanja Bührer, Flavio Eichmann, Stig Förster and Benedikt Stuchtey
392 pages, 4 illus., 1 table, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-609-6 $150.00/£107.00 Hb Published (August 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78533-610-2 eBook
“Provocative and original, these contributions challenge us to rethink the basic tenets of colonial governance. The editors avoid the pitfall common to numerous collections: atomized chapters that fail to relate to each other. Here, the contributions are strongly connected by the issue of local or indigenous co-operation in imperial conquest, administration and fiscal exaction.” · Martin Thomas, University of Exeter
While the study of “indigenous intermediaries” is today the focus of some of the most interesting research in the historiography of colonialism, its roots extend back to at least the 1970s. The contributions to this volume revisit Ronald E. Robinson’s theory of collaboration in a range of historical contexts by melding it with theoretical perspectives derived from postcolonial studies and transnational history. In case studies ranging globally over the course of four centuries, these essays offer nuanced explorations of the varied, complex interactions between imperial and local actors, with particular attention to those shifting and ambivalent roles that transcend simple binaries of colonizer and colonized.
Tanja Bührer is Assistant Professor at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and teaches European and Global History.
Flavio Eichmann is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the department of Modern History, University of Bern, Switzerland, and teaches Caribbean, European and Global History.
Stig Förster is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he taught European and Global History.
Benedikt Stuchtey is Full Professor at the University of Marburg, Germany, and teaches European and Global History.
List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: Cooperation and Empire. Local Realities of Global Processes
Tanja Bührer, Flavio Eichmann, Stig Förster and Benedikt Stuchtey
PART I: CASE STUDIES
Caciques: Indigenous Rulers and the Colonial Regime in Yucatán in the Sixteenth Century
Connecting Worlds: Women as Intermediaries in the Portuguese Overseas Empire, 1500–1600
Amélia Polónia and Rosa Capelão
Cooperation and Cultural Adaption: British Diplomats at the Court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, c. 1779–1815
Local Cooperation in a Subversive Colony: Martinique 1802–09
. Uncle Toms and Kupapas: ‘Collaboration’ versus Alliance in a Nineteenth-Century New Zealand Context
. ‘Collaboration’ or Sabotage? The Settlers in German Southwest Africa between Colonial State and Indigenous Polities
. Chieftaincy as a Political Resource in the German Colony of Cameroon, 1884–1916
. Cooperation at its Limits: Re-Reading the British Constitution in South Africa
Charles V. Reed
Key Alliance? ‘Native Guards’ and European Administrators in Sub-Saharan Africa from a Comparative Perspective (1918–59)
. The Cooperation between the British and Faisal I of Iraq (1921–32): Evolution of a Romance
. Collaborating on Unequal Terms: Cross-Cultural Co-operation and Educational Work in Colonial Sudan, 1934–56
PART II: CONCLUDING ESSAYS
Indigenous Agents of Colonial Rule in Africa and India: Defining the Colonial State through its Secondary Bureaucracy
Ralph A. Austen
. Indigenous Cooperation: Foundation of Colonial Empires or New Historical Myth?
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