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

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

by Ralph A. Austen, Jonathan Derrick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521562287

ISBN-13: 9780521562287

Pub. Date: 05/28/2015

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521562287
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2015
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
1Introduction1
2From fishermen to middlemen: the Duala inland and on the coast in the formative period, c. 1600-18305
3Hegemony without control: the Duala, Europeans and the Littoral hinterland in the era of legitimate/free trade, c. 1830-188448
4Mythic transformation and historical continuity: Duala middlemen and German colonial rule, 1884-191493
5Middlemen as ethnic elite: the Duala under French mandate rule, 1914-1941138
6Between colonialism and radical nationalism: middlemen in the era of decolonization, c. 1941-c. 1960176
Notes192
Bibliography235
Index250

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