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Out of Africa
The British, the French and African monarchs
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The British invaded Ethiopia when Emperor Theodore held several Englishmen captive in disgruntlement at lack of British support for the Christian monarch's defence of his country against Muslim neighbours. The rehabilitation of banished rulers provides a useful entry-point for this chapter on kings from black Africa, who, vilified and toppled by Europeans, now figure on the honour roll of African statesmen. Béhanzin is enshrined in the pantheon of indigenous rulers and resisters to European colonialism, and even the French pay tribute to his state-building and the achievements of his court. Most cases of African exile came during the early decades of colonisation, though the weapon of deposition continued to be deployed well into the post-First World War period, and it remained in the arsenal even as African nations approached independence.

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Banished potentates

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


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