The Resurgence of Royal Power

Lesley A. Sharp

in The Sacrificed Generation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229501
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935884 | DOI:
The Resurgence of Royal Power

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This chapter examines the destructive effects of the oppressive policies of French colonialism on royal power. It stresses that authority demands loyalty, which is expressed through willing participation in different forms of ritual service. It shows that a royal context emphasizes indigenous understandings of the past, and uses the example of young king Tsiaraso Rachidy IV to highlight the potential of youth to make history.

Keywords: oppressive policies; French colonialism; royal power; authority; loyalty; ritual service; royal context; making history

Chapter.  9748 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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