African Anarchism: The History of a Movement by Sam Mbah, I. E. Igariwey

By Sam Mbah, I. E. Igariwey

The 1st booklet at the subject. Covers anarchistic parts in conventional African societies, African communalism, “African socialism,” and the after-effects of colonialism.

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From 1908 two Togolese could advise on the administration of Lome, but an African petition for legal equality in 1913 was ignored, while black entrepreneurs were prevented from competing with 35 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 THE IMPERIAL MIND white traders. In Kamerun, Seitz argued in vain for African representation on his advisory council, and after his departure the rights of African proprietors in Duala were set aside. Ruling the new empires in Africa involved cultivating local allies, whether white settlers, the black bourgeoisie or black chiefs.

For non-white 14 Cf. ), Our common history: the transformation of Europe (London, 1982). 15 John Iliffe, Tanganyika under German rule, ipoj-rfii (Cambridge, 1969), 67. T h e o d o r e Z e l d i n , France ifyS-iyfj: ambition and love (Oxford, 1979), 171; idem. Taste and corruption (Oxford, 1980), 51-8, 310-11, 350-1. 17 Eugen Weber, Peasants into Frenchmen: the modernisation of rural France, (Stanford, 1977), 50-66. 16 16 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 INTRODUCTION wage-earners, wartime price inflation reduced already meagre real incomes by as much as one half.

Settlers were most numerous in Southern Rhodesia, which in any case was run by a chartered company, and elected council members were in a majority by 1907. In the same year, legislative councils were created in Nyasaland and Kenya; they included a few nominated non-officials. White settlers in Kenya were inclined to regard this as opening the way towards white self-government, but this ambition was challenged by the much larger number of Indian immigrants. And in British West Africa the institution of legislative councils at once raised the question of African political status.

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