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Time and the hour : Nigeria, East Africa and the Second World War /
R.T. Kerslake.
imprint
London ; New York : Radcliffe Press ; New York : In the United States and Canada distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1997.
description
xv, 274 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1860641547
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imprint
London ; New York : Radcliffe Press ; New York : In the United States and Canada distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1997.
isbn
1860641547
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1431844
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1997-11:
Kerslake's book is one of many written by former officials in the British colonial service in Africa describing their experiences, e.g., John Russell's Kenya, Beyond the Marich Pass: A District Officer's Story (1994) and John Smith's Colonial Cadet in Nigeria (1968). For the most part they tend to be apologias for the colonial period, and this book is no exception. Kerslake states in his introduction that he has dedicated his work to those in the colonial service" ... who spent so much of themselves, in the prime of their lives, in the hope that Nigeria might have a better future than it appears to have today." The author served as a colonial official from 1937 to 1946, and except for two years when he was attached to the Nigerian regiment in East Africa, he was stationed in the remote areas of northern Nigeria. He writes with genuine affection about the people with whom he lived and worked, but one never loses sight of the fact that he was among them as an official of the colonial government. He left the service in 1946, returning to Nigeria in 1973 for a visit. Kerslake was disappointed in the lack of progress; his book reflects nostalgia and remembrance of better times. General readers. T. Natsoulas; University of Toledo
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Summaries
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Time and the Hour is the story of a young man's experience of the Colonial Service in Nigeria from 1937 to 1946, at the time of the watershed between the policy of trusteeship, which was the guiding principle of the Colonial Service before WW2.
Main Description
This is the story of a young man's experience of the Colonial Service in Nigeria from 1937 to 1946. This was the time of the watershed between the policy of trusteeship, which was the guiding principle of the Colonial Service before World War II, and the constitutional changes leading to independence after the war. After apprenticeship, the author joined the Nigeria Regiment in 1939, and describes the East Africa campaign of 1940-1941. Returning to civil duty in 1942, he was posted to the remote, conservative sheikdom of Bornu, near Lake Chad, Maiduguri, capital of Bornu. After leave in 1944, the author returned with his wife and was posted on a station on the upper reaches of the River Benue. Twenty-five years later, he returned to Nigeria briefly, as director of an international company, and found enormous change in the environment, the political, economic and social scene, such as to leave him with deep unease.
Table of Contents
Initiation, 1937-39: voyage to ""The Coast""
Colonial Lagos
A change of course
Into the north at last
Katsina - province in the bush
Administering the Lugard legacy
Disillusion and hope
Bush life is better
Locusts, cattle and humans
Rivers, nomads and war
A taste of army life, 1939-42: joining the regiment
Sahara, home and Bletchley
Round the Cape to Kenya
Towards Somaliland
Training with monkeys and crocodiles
To Mogadishu without love
Preparing for action
Marda Pass - an impr
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