9780521562287

Middlemen of the Cameroons Rivers: The Duala and their Hinterland, c.1600–c.1960

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    9780521562287

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    0521562287

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-02-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

The Duala people entered the international scene as merchant-brokers for precolonial trade in ivory, slaves and palm products. Under colonial rule they used the advantages gained from earlier riverain trade to develop cocoa plantations and provide their children with exceptional levels of European education. At the same time they came into early conflict with both German and French regimes and played a leading - if ultimately unsuccessful - role in anti-colonial politics. In tracing these changing economic and political roles, this book also examines the growing consciousness of the Duala as an ethnic group and uses their history to shed new light on the history of 'middleman' communities in surrounding regions of West and Central Africa. The authors draw upon a wide range of written and oral sources, including indigenous accounts of the past conflicting with their own findings but illuminate local conceptions of social hierarchy and their relationship to spiritual beliefs.

Table of Contents

List of tables
viii
Preface ix
List of abbreviations
xi
Map
xii
Introduction
1(4)
From fishermen to middlemen: the Duala inland and on the coast in the formative period, c. 1600-1830
5(43)
Hegemony without control: the Duala, Europeans and the Littoral hinterland in the era of legitimate/free trade, c. 1830-1884
48(45)
Mythic transformation and historical continuity: Duala middlemen and German colonial rule, 1884-1914
93(45)
Middlemen as ethnic elite: the Duala under French mandate rule, 1914-1941
138(38)
Between colonialism and radical nationalism: middlemen in the era of decolonization, c. 1941-c. 1960
176(16)
Notes 192(43)
Bibliography 235(15)
Index 250

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