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Cooperation and Empire

Local Realities of Global Processes

Edited by Tanja Bührer, Flavio Eichmann, Stig Förster and Benedikt Stuchtey

422 pages, 4 illus., 1 table, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-609-6 $150.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (August 2017)

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“Provocative and original, these contributions challenge us to rethink the basic tenets of colonial governance. The editors avoid the pitfall common to numerous collections: atomized chapters that fail to relate to each other. Here, the contributions are strongly connected by the issue of local or indigenous co-operation in imperial conquest, administration and fiscal exaction.” · Martin Thomas, University of Exeter

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.

Tanja Bührer is Assistant Professor at the University of Bern, Switzerland, 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.

Stig Förster is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he taught European and Global History.

Benedikt Stuchtey is Full Professor at the University of Marburg, Germany, and teaches European and Global History.

Subject: Colonialism

BISAC: POL045000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Colonialism & Post-Colonialism; HIS054000 HISTORY/Social History; HIS037030 HISTORY/Modern/General

BIC: HBTQ Colonialism & imperialism; HBTB Social & cultural history


Introduction: Co-operation and Empire. Local Realities of Global Processes

Tanja Bührer, Flavio Eichmann, Stig Förster and Benedikt Stuchtey

– Case Studies –

Chapter 1. 
Caciques: Indigenous Rulers and the Colonial Regime in Yucatán in the Sixteenth Century

Ute Schüren

Chapter 2. 
Connecting Worlds: Women as Intermediaries in the Portuguese Overseas Empire, 1500–1600

Amélia Polónia and Rosa Capelão

Chapter 3. 
Co-operation and Cultural Adaption: British Diplomats at the Court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, c. 1779–1815

Tanja Bührer

Chapter 4. 
Local Co-operation in a Subversive Colony: Martinique 1802–09

Flavio Eichmann

Chapter 5
. Uncle Toms and Kupapas: ‘Collaboration’ versus Alliance in a Nineteenth-Century New Zealand Context

Vincent O’Malley

Chapter 6
. ‘Collaboration’ or Sabotage? The Settlers in German Southwest Africa between Colonial State and Indigenous Polities

Matthias Häußler

Chapter 7
. Chieftaincy as a Political Resource in the German Colony of Cameroon, 1884–1916

Ulrike Schaper

Chapter 8
. Co-operation 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)

Alexander Keese

Chapter 10
. The Co-operation between the British and Faisal I of Iraq (1921–32): Evolution of a Romance

Myriam Yakoubi

Chapter 11
. Collaborating on Unequal Terms: Cross-Cultural Co-operation and Educational Work in Colonial Sudan, 1934–56

Iris Seri-Hersch

– 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 Co-operation: Foundation of Colonial Empires or New Historical Myth?

Wolfgang Reinhard


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