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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume IV: The Twentieth Century$
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Judith Brown and Wm Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205647.001.0001

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Colonial Rule

Colonial Rule

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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume IV: The Twentieth Century


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This chapter explores the British rule in India and Africa. It specifically addresses the colonial rule and its underlying philosophy as summed up in the words ‘Indirect Rule’ a phrase indelibly associated with Sir Frederick Lugard, the founder of British Nigeria. The definition of the indirect method seems simple enough — ‘systematic use of the customary institutions of the people as agencies of local rule’ — but variations were considerable. A discussion on the variations of indirect rule is provided. An explanation on service ideologies is given as well.

Keywords:   colonial rule, India, Africa, British rule, Indirect Rule, service ideologies

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