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Patrons, Clients, and Empire – Chieftaincy and Over-rule in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Patrons, Clients, and Empire: Chieftaincy and Over-rule in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific

Colin Newbury


This book applies a patron-client model to case studies of imperial over-rule to examine the political relationships between administrative and indigenous hierarchies derived from existing social structures and surviving into the period of decolonization. It goes beyond classification of administration as ‘direct’ or ‘indirect’, and rejects the notion that imperial rule was simply maintained by threat of force. From the range of cases presented it is argued that there was a continuity between pre-colonial regimes and succeeding European hierarchies that incorporated indigenous leaders. There a ... More

Keywords: imperial rule, administration, leaders, status reversal, imperial patrons, brokers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257812
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Newbury, author
Emeritus Fellow, Linacre College, Oxford

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