This chapter examines the primary and secondary periods in Central Africa, and the ways in which they began to give way to the Hunt. White hunters appeared in Central Africa from the 1850s, and by the 1870s and 1880s they had become very nearly a flood. The exploits of Frederick Lugard illustrate the manner in which hunters, campaigners and administrators fused in the years immediately before and after the establishment of white rule. In 1890, the haphazard intrusions of hunters, prospectors, traders and missionaries had been replaced by the systematic invasion of the British South Africa Company. The Union Castle Line guides to East and southern Africa devoted a great deal of attention to African fauna, hunting and game laws. If game laws did little to hinder the white onslaught they were largely irrelevant to Africans. Africans were denied access to game primarily through the operation of gun laws.
This book is the first full-length study of the 1947 drawing of the Indo-Pakistani boundary in Punjab. It uses the Radcliffe commission, headed by Sir Cyril Radcliffe , as a window onto the decolonisation and independence of India and Pakistan. Examining the competing interests that influenced the actions of the various major players, the book highlights British efforts to maintain a grip on India even as the decolonisation process spun out of control. It examines the nature of power relationships within the colonial state, with a focus on the often-veiled exertion of British colonial power. With conflict between Hindus , Muslims and Sikhs reaching unprecedented levels in the mid-1940s , British leaders felt compelled to move towards decolonization. The partition was to be perceived as a South Asian undertaking, with British officials acting only as steady and impartial guides. Radcliffe's use of administrative boundaries reinforced the impact of imperial rule. The boundaries that Radcliffe defined turned out to be restless divisions, and in both the 1965 and 1971 wars India and Pakistan battled over their Punjabi border. After the final boundary, known as the 'Radcliffe award', was announced, all sides complained that Radcliffe had not taken the right 'other factors' into account. Radcliffe's loyalty to British interests is key to understanding his work in 1947. Drawing on extensive archival research in India, Pakistan and Britain, combined with innovative use of cartographic sources, the book paints a vivid picture of both the partition process and the Radcliffe line's impact on Punjab.
Sports history offers many profound insights into the character and complexities of modern imperial rule. This book examines the fortunes of cricket in various colonies as the sport spread across the British Empire. It helps to explain why cricket was so successful, even in places like India, Pakistan and the West Indies where the Anglo-Saxon element remained in a small minority. The story of imperial cricket is really about the colonial quest for identity in the face of the colonisers' search for authority. The cricket phenomenon was established in nineteenth-century England when the Victorians began glorifying the game as a perfect system of manners, ethics and morals. Cricket has exemplified the colonial relationship between England and Australia and expressed imperialist notions to the greatest extent. In the study of the transfer of imperial cultural forms, South Africa provides one of the most fascinating case studies. From its beginnings in semi-organised form through its unfolding into a contemporary internationalised structure, Caribbean cricket has both marked and been marked by a tight affiliation with complex social processing in the islands and states which make up the West Indies. New Zealand rugby demonstrates many of the themes central to cricket in other countries. While cricket was played in India from 1721 and the Calcutta Cricket Club is probably the second oldest cricket club in the world, the indigenous population was not encouraged to play cricket.
existing boundaries were,
after all, symbols of British rule.
Radcliffe’s use of administrative boundaries
reinforced the impact of imperialrule. The territory of the raj was
honeycombed with boundaries of all kinds, which had been maintained
partly as a means of perpetuating British imperial control, although
many had Mughal origins. 24 Radcliffe’s award retained for the
English education in India may be seen as a tool for the cultural domination of Indians, designed to cement and extend the dominion already effected through military and economic means, makes explicit a central problem confronting an anti-colonial and post-colonial writer such as Rushdie, whose literary language of choice is English. Briefly stated: by using English Rushdie lays himself open to the charge that he is not only accepting the legacy of British imperialrule but legitimising the culturally imperialistic act that brought English into being as a sub
Their immediate target was
Italy’s assault on Ethiopia, but their ultimate aim was larger:
undermining imperialrule, specifically British imperialrule, which had
limited their own prospects in Trinidad. Growing up in Trinidad, Padmore
and James had shared both a Western education and a very restricted
opportunity to use it in a colonial society firmly controlled by the
British government and a small
ones. The latter remained
within the Empire, of course, which confused their status to some,
for their local white minorities could in effect rule as they
By the mid-1890s, the distinction between direct
imperialrule from London through the High Commission and rule by
self-governing colonists was clear to most African rulers and members of
imperialrule. Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement gained further
international attention during the Prince of Wales’s 1921 tour of
India, when, as occurred in Allahabad and several other Indian cities,
the Prince was greeted not by cheering crowds but by virtually no one.
As Chandrika Kaul points out, royal tours could consolidate existing
loyalty, but they could not create it when it was absent – or
natives’ posed a significant threat. This was framed as a threat not only
to British society but also imperialrule more broadly. The South African
press feared that ‘nothing but vice in a white skin would satisfy [the
‘savages’] thereafter’ (Shephard 1986: 97). The exhibition threatened to
trouble the sexual demarcations of the ‘colour line’. By August 1899 the
‘Kaffir kraal’ was officially closed to women.
Whilst the press initially raised concerns over interracial sex and
the spectre of the ‘black peril’ (which I return to below), focus began
to fall on the coupling
A collection of essays about the Colonial Medical Service of Africa in which a group of distinguished colonial historians illustrate the diversity and active collaborations to be found in the untidy reality of government medical provision. The authors present important case studies in a series of essays covering former British colonial dependencies in Africa, including Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zanzibar. These studies reveal many new insights into the enactments of colonial policy and the ways in which colonial doctors negotiated the day-to-day reality during the height of Imperial rule in Africa. The book provides essential reading for scholars and students of colonial history, medical history and colonial administration.