Middlemen of the Cameroons Rivers: The Duala and their Hinterland, c.1600-c.1960

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Overview

The Duala people entered the international scene as merchant-brokers for precolonial trade in ivory, slaves and palm products. Under colonial rule they used the advantages gained from earlier riverain trade to develop cocoa plantations and provide their children with exceptional levels of European education. At the same time they came into early conflict with both German and French regimes and played a leading - if ultimately unsuccessful - role in anti-colonial politics. In tracing these changing economic and political roles, this book also examines the growing consciousness of the Duala as an ethnic group and uses their history to shed new light on the history of "middleman" communities in surrounding regions of West and Central Africa.
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"With a sure hand, the authors analyze Duala trading history with reference to the historiography of the more important trading communities of southeastern Nigeria. Their coverage of economic, political, social, and cultural changes will be of interest to scholars of a number of disciplines." David Northup, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"...let us be grateful for their thorough history of the Duala which will not be superceded soon." Jan Vansina, American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521562287
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: African Studies Series , #96
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Preface
List of abbreviations
Map
1 Introduction 1
2 From fishermen to middlemen: the Duala inland and on the coast in the formative period, c. 1600-1830 5
3 Hegemony without control: the Duala, Europeans and the Littoral hinterland in the era of legitimate/free trade, c. 1830-1884 48
4 Mythic transformation and historical continuity: Duala middlemen and German colonial rule, 1884-1914 93
5 Middlemen as ethnic elite: the Duala under French mandate rule, 1914-1941 138
6 Between colonialism and radical nationalism: middlemen in the era of decolonization, c. 1941-c. 1960 176
Notes 192
Bibliography 235
Index 250
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