Control and Crisis in Colonial Kenya by Bruce Berman

By Bruce Berman

Professor Berman argues that the colonial kingdom used to be formed via the contradictions among protecting powerful political keep an eye on with restricted coercive strength and making sure the ecocnomic articulation of metropolitan and settler capitalism with African societies. North the USA: Ohio U Press; Kenya: EAEP

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After Page 4 the initial imposition of colonial control, force was increasingly infrequently employed and military control was rapidly replaced by civil administration. The civilian cadres of European administrators and police officers, moreover, seldom numbered before 1945 more than three or four hundred (and usually many fewer), even in the most populous and important colonies. Especially in the decades between the world wars, incidents of African resistance and the use of colonial force stand out against a backdrop of day-to-day law and order.

H. Mungeam, British Rule in Kenya, 18951912, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966; I. F. Nicholson, The Administration of Nigeria, 19001960: Men, Methods and Myths, Clarendon Press, 1969; William B. M. Kirk-Greene, A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Governor, Volume 1: Africa, Hoover Institution Press 1980. 2. G. Hopkins, An Economic History of West Africa, London: Longman, 1973; John Iliffe, The Emergence of African Capitalism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1983. 3. A relevant example of this type of analysis is S.

Can the colonial state be considered a state in any real sense? Isn't it simply a subordinate instrument of metropolitan interests? If so, there really is no problem about the role of the colonial state, so why make it a central object of study? There is a common-sense plausibility to such objections. After all, the administrative apparatus of a colony lacked the key attributes of autonomous statehood. It was created by a European power, staffed by its administrative cadres, came under the authority of a metropolitan ministry, and, therefore, might best be studied as a subordinate part of the metropolitan state.

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