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The Resource Violent intermediaries : African soldiers, conquest, and everyday colonialism in German East Africa, Michelle R. Moyd

Violent intermediaries : African soldiers, conquest, and everyday colonialism in German East Africa, Michelle R. Moyd

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Violent intermediaries : African soldiers, conquest, and everyday colonialism in German East Africa
Title
Violent intermediaries
Title remainder
African soldiers, conquest, and everyday colonialism in German East Africa
Statement of responsibility
Michelle R. Moyd
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The askari, African soldiers recruited in the 1890s to fill the ranks of the German East African colonial army, occupy a unique space at the intersection of East African history, German colonial history, and military history. Violent Intermediaries recovers and reconsiders the origin and role of these men, and of colonial soldiers more generally. Lauded by Germans for their loyalty during the East Africa campaign of World War I, but reviled by Tanzanians for the violence they committed during the making of the colonial state between 1890 and 1918, the askari have been poorly understood as historical agents. Violent Intermediaries situates them in their everyday household, community, military, and constabulary contexts, as men who helped make colonialism in German East Africa. By linking microhistories with wider nineteenth-century African historical processes, Michelle Moyd shows that the construction of the German East African colonial army resulted from convergences and collisions among differing conceptions of masculinity, radical reconfigurations of socioeconomic, political, and military structures, and European imperial incursions. As soldiers and colonial intermediaries, the askari built the colonial state while simultaneously carving out paths to respectability, becoming men of influence within their local contexts. Yet their positions as clients of German officer-patrons also exposed their dependency on a particular political order, which in the case of German East Africa proved ephemeral. Through its focus on the making of empire from the ground up, Violent Intermediaries offers a fresh perspective on African colonial troops as state-making agents and critiques the mythologies surrounding the askari by focusing on the nature of colonial violence. --Provided by publisher
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IEN/DLC
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1968-
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Moyd, Michelle R.
Dewey number
967.802
Index
index present
LC call number
DT447
LC item number
.M69 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New African histories
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  • Mercenary troops
  • German East Africa
  • German East Africa
  • German East Africa
  • Germany
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Violent intermediaries : African soldiers, conquest, and everyday colonialism in German East Africa, Michelle R. Moyd
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
861676382
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780821444870
Isbn Type
(pdf)
Lccn
2014012487
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)861676382
Label
Violent intermediaries : African soldiers, conquest, and everyday colonialism in German East Africa, Michelle R. Moyd
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
861676382
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780821444870
Isbn Type
(pdf)
Lccn
2014012487
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)861676382

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