Rethinking Resistance: Revolt and Violence in African History

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Gerrit Jan Abbink, Mirjam De Bruijn, Klaas Van Walraven
BRILL, 2003 - Social Science - 368 pages
Revolts and violence have always been features of African history but questions frequently still remain as to what and who the targets of resistance were. This volume reviews the subject of resistance in the light of current scholarly thought. Were political forms of resistance directed at the imposition or ending of colonial rule or at African elites profiting from the onset of capitalist relations of production? Or did they have purely sociological or religious roots? With contributions from historians, anthropologists and political scientists, Rethinking Resistance analyzes the concepts of resistance, violence and ideological imagination, and has chapters on uprisings and revolts in nineteenth-century pre-colonial societies and early colonial Africa, post-colonial rebellions and more recent and contemporary conflicts.
 

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Contents

An introduction
1
Maps
40
Resistance to Fulbe hegemony in nineteenthcentury West Africa
43
Photographs
60
Who resisted what?
69
The menalamba leader Rabezavana
77
The Patriots
87
Kebedech Seyoum a female Patriot
99
Narrative and meaning
218
Amadou Diop
242
The vagaries of violence and power in postcolonial Mozambique
253
A Renamo unit
259
Politics and memory
279
The inauguration of Heroes Acre Namibia
299
Selective memories on war
305
Heroes Acre Windhoek Namibia
319

Patriots at Debra Markos market
109
Ambiguities of resistance and collaboration on the Eastern
117
Andries Botha
131
Native and African troops in the Netherlands East Indies army
158
Slave resistance under German
170
The Kawousan War reconsidered
191
Kawousan ag Kedda
198
Cycles of rebellion
328
Figures
336
The Mullahs fortress in Taleh Somaliland
345
Tables
351
Moryaan in Mogadishu
356
List of authors 367
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About the author (2003)

Jon Abbink is an Anthropologist. He is interested in political and religious conflicts in the Horn of Africa and in Ethiopia in particular, and is currently researching the history, memory and identity of the Wolayta in Ethiopia.
Mirjam de Bruijn is an Anthropologist. Having done extensive fieldwork in Mali amongst the nomadic Fulbe pastoralists, she has moved her area of study to Chad where she is investigating the social and cultural consequences of the recent civil war, and climate change.
Klaas van Walraven is a Political Scientist whose main interests are political developments past and present in West Africa where his research has concentrated on democratization and multi-party politics in Niger and Ghana, as well as the region's international relations and multilateral interventions in conflicts.