By Moses E. Ochonu
Historians of colonial Africa have principally looked the last decade of the good melancholy as a interval of extreme exploitation and colonial state of no activity. In Colonial Meltdown, Moses E. Ochonu demanding situations this traditional interpretation through mapping the made up our minds, from time to time violent, but instructive responses of Northern Nigeria's chiefs, farmers, employees, artisans, girls, investors, and embryonic elites to the British colonial mismanagement of the good melancholy. Colonial Meltdown explores the unraveling of British colonial strength at a second of world monetary crisis.
Ochonu exhibits that the commercial downturn made colonial exploitation all yet very unlikely and that this dearth of gains and surpluses pissed off the colonial management which then approved a brutal regime of grassroots exactions and invasive intrusions. the results have been as harsh for Northern Nigerians as these of colonial exploitation in increase years.
Northern Nigerians faced colonial monetary restoration measures and their brokers with a number of strategies.ColonialMeltdownanalyzes how farmers, girls, workers, laid-off tin miners, and northerly Nigeria's emergent elite challenged and rebelled opposed to colonial fiscal restoration schemes with evasive trickery, defiance, strategic acts of revenge, and felony self-help and, within the strategy, uncovered the vulnerable underbelly of the colonial system.
Combined with the industrial and political paralysis of colonial bureaucrats within the face of concern, those African responses underlined the elemental weak point of the colonial country, the brittleness of its monetary undertaking, and the boundaries of colonial coercion and violence. This surroundings of colonial cave in emboldened critics of colonial regulations who went directly to craft the rhetorical phrases on which the anticolonial fight of the post-World conflict II interval used to be fought out.
In the present weather of world financial anxieties, Ochonu's research will increase discussions at the transnational ramifications of financial downturns. it's going to additionally problem the pervasive narrative of imperial financial luck.
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Its stated goal, as we shall see, was to incorporate more Nigerians into the world export market by expanding export crop production where it already existed and initiating it where subsistence or semisubsistence agriculture was the norm. The effect of the government’s policy and of the self-insulating practices of expatriate merchants contradicted the government’s ambition by discouraging Nigerians from participating in a colonially mediated world export market. t h e on set of the dep ression a nd of f i c i al r e s pons e s As early as December 1929 the colonial authorities in Nigeria began to feel the impact of the Depression.
29 The governor invoked the idea of disproportionate sacrifice for strategic reasons. First, he hoped to preempt and assuage the grievance of the African legislative council members, who had come to the meeting embittered by the extent of sacrifice expected from them and their colleagues—the African colonial clerks. Second, the governor wanted to rally the African members around the income tax agenda and prevent a closing of ranks between African and European civil servants for the purpose of scuttling the plan.
18 w Colonial Meltdown the global, the imperial, the regional, and the local The conjuncture of global economic and political forces, imperial decisions, regional colonial peculiarities, and local colonial encounters presents major structural and analytical challenges for a work like this. It is difficult to bring together and sustain within the same analytic frame the global, imperial, regional, and local forces and events that shaped the Northern Nigerian Depression experience, given that these various elements were always in conversation and in creative tension with one another throughout the Depression.