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Thrones and dominion
European colonisers and indigenous monarchs
in Banished potentates
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This chapter demonstrates how the deposition and exile of indigenous monarchs provided a strategy for colonial authorities to establish, consolidate and maintain their domination. It argues that the displacement of those at the pinnacle of native power, often in arbitrary fashion and by duplicitous means, blatantly manifested the strength of colonisers. The dethroning of indigenous sovereigns evidenced the fragility of colonial overlordship. Dethroned European rulers had often lived in cosmopolitan courts and moved about their kingdoms, and outside their lands, in great royal progresses. The chapter focuses on the posthumous life of royal exiles, suggesting that though deposed, dead and buried, they lived on in national memory and commemoration. The 'new imperial history' places emphasis on the lived experiences of those affected by colonialism, the life stories of both the famous and the unknown.

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Banished potentates

Dethroning And Exiling Indigenous Monarchs Under British And French Colonial Rule, 1815– 1955


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