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.
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About the Author
Benedikt Stuchtey is Full Professor at the University of Marburg, Germany, 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.
Tanja Bührer is Assistant Professor at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and teaches European and Global History.
Stig Förster is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he taught European and Global History.
Table of Contents
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
Chapter 1. Caciques: Indigenous Rulers and the Colonial Regime in Yucatán in the Sixteenth Century
Chapter 2. Connecting Worlds: Women as Intermediaries in the Portuguese Overseas Empire, 1500–1600
Amélia Polónia and Rosa Capelão
Chapter 3. Cooperation and Cultural Adaption: British Diplomats at the Court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, c. 1779–1815
Chapter 4. Local Cooperation in a Subversive Colony: Martinique 1802–09
Chapter 5. Uncle Toms and Kupapas: ‘Collaboration’ versus Alliance in a Nineteenth-Century New Zealand Context
Chapter 6. ‘Collaboration’ or Sabotage? The Settlers in German Southwest Africa between Colonial State and Indigenous Polities
Chapter 7. Chieftaincy as a Political Resource in the German Colony of Cameroon, 1884–1916
Chapter 8. Cooperation at its Limits: Re-Reading the British Constitution in South Africa
Charles V. Reed
Chapter 9. Key Alliance? ‘Native Guards’ and European Administrators in Sub-Saharan Africa from a Comparative Perspective (1918–59)
Chapter 10. The Cooperation between the British and Faisal I of Iraq (1921–32): Evolution of a Romance
Chapter 11. Collaborating on Unequal Terms: Cross-Cultural Co-operation and Educational Work in Colonial Sudan, 1934–56
PART II: CONCLUDING ESSAYS
Chapter 12. Indigenous Agents of Colonial Rule in Africa and India: Defining the Colonial State through its Secondary Bureaucracy
Ralph A. Austen
Chapter 13. Indigenous Cooperation: Foundation of Colonial Empires or New Historical Myth?