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Networks of DominationThe Social Foundations of Peripheral Conquest in International Politics$
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Paul MacDonald

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362165

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362165.001.0001

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“All Most Cheerfully Touched the Symbol of Peace”

“All Most Cheerfully Touched the Symbol of Peace”

Turbulent Frontiers and Conquest in Southern Africa

(p.115) Chapter 4 “All Most Cheerfully Touched the Symbol of Peace”
Networks of Domination

Paul K. Macdonald

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines British conquest in Southern Africa in the mid-nineteenth century. It argues that the British were able to exploit growing cross-frontier ties with a variety of local elites, particularly subordinate chiefs from marginal clans who viewed collaboration as an opportunity to bolster their limited authority. The series of frontier wars with the Xhosa provided a severe test for the British, who struggled to employ their limited military resources effectively in the face of difficult terrain and coordinated resistance. Yet the ability to secure assistance from select local collaborators allowed the British to employ a variety of strategies that helped to limit the scale and scope of the clash. The exploitation of resources provided by local allies and friendly collaborators provided the British with sufficient time and resources to develop an effective counterinsurgency strategy.

Keywords:   South Africa, Xhosa, conquest, counterinsurgency

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