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Locality, mobility, and "nation" : periurban colonialism in Togo's Eweland, 1900-1960 /
Benjamin N. Lawrance.
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2007.
xiv, 288 p.
1580462642 (alk. paper), 9781580462648 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2007.
1580462642 (alk. paper)
9781580462648 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction : conceptualizing periurban colonialism in sub-Saharan Africa -- Mobility, locality, and Ewe identity in periurban Eweland -- Intervention and dissent : manufacturing the model periurban chief -- Crisis in an Ewe "capital" : the periurban zone descends on the city -- Vodou and resistance : politico-religious crises in the periurban landscape -- The German Togo-bund and the periurban manifestations of "nation" -- From Eweland to la République Togolaise : Le Guide du Togo and the periurban circulation of knowledge.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Benjamin N. Lawrance is an assistant professor of African history at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate African and World history
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-09-01:
By "periurban," Lawrance (Univ. of California, Davis) means the transformation of a rural hinterland through its exposure to colonial authority and infrastructure, creating a zone of rural-urban economic and social interactions based on the accessibility of road and rail networks and placing the majority of Eweland within "striking distance" of French administrators and the African cadre of the colonial state. The author claims to have developed a new approach to colonial history spanning the rural-urban divide. It avoids the problems of standard colonial literature, which, he argues, overemphasizes the role of chieftaincies and Westernized urban elites. Focusing on the interwar period, or "mature colonialism," Lawrance notes the unusual nature of colonial Togo as due to the succession of German, British, French, and Mandatory regimes. His periurban analytical framework provides a nuanced explanation of colonial experience by linking rural farmers to the urban elite and revealing urban dwellers' cultural, social, and economic dependence on the hinterland. Relying on a rich mix of archival research, field interviews, journalistic sources, and secondary works as well as social anthropological and geographical methodologies, Lawrance weaves a penetrating analysis of colonial Togo, despite his overuse of academic jargon. Summing Up: Recommended. Faculty/specialists. S. A. Harmon Pittsburg State University
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Benjamin Lawrence synthesizes political, gender and social history by documenting the contributions of rural dwelling populations in anti-colonial struggles.
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In this original interdisciplinary study of Togo and African colonial history, Benjamin Lawrance synthesizes political, gender, and social history by documenting the contributions of rural-dwelling populations in anti-colonial struggles. Anchoring his arguments on the premise that nationalist historiographies have overstated the role of urban and elite power while undervaluing the strategic place of rural constituencies, Lawrance uses the Ewe nationalist movement of southern Togo as a case study in what he terms "periurban colonialism" -- a historical paradigm that reunites the urban and rural experiences of post-World War I colonialism. By reconciling the marginal and non-elite communities and the social upheavals of the two World War periods, Lawrance offers a new perspective on the colonial experience and the anti-colonial struggle. In focusing on an African country uniquely colonized by the Germans, British, and French, he provides a wealth of information not readily available to the English-language audience. Accessible to scholars of African social history and African culture in general, Locality, Mobility, and "Nation" will occupy a distinguished place among studies of African colonial history and anti-colonial struggles. Benjamin N. Lawrance is an assistant professor of African history at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate African and World history. He is the editor of The Ewe of Togo and Benin (2005) and the co-editor of Intermediaries, Interpreters and Clerks (2006).
Unpaid Annotation
An interdisciplinary study that sheds new light on the traditional historiographies of African colonial experience.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Notes on Orthographyp. xv
Introduction: Conceptualizing Periurban Colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africap. 1
Mobility, Locality, and Ewe Identity in Periurban Ewelandp. 21
Intervention and Dissent: Manufacturing the Model Periurban Chiefp. 45
Crisis in an Ewe "Capital": The Periurban Zone Descends on the Cityp. 69
Vodou and Resistance: Politico-Religious Crises in the Periurban Landscapep. 90
The German Togo-Bund and the Periurban Manifestations of "Nation"p. 121
From Eweland to la Republique Togolaise: Le Guide du Togo and the Periurban Circulation of Knowledgep. 148
Epiloguep. 179
Notesp. 183
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 277
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