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Progressives and Power, 1930–1938

David Pratten

in The Man-Leopard Murders

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625536
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625536.003.0004
Progressives and Power, 1930–1938

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This chapter focuses on the years between the Women's War and the outbreak of the Second World War. The 1930s were years in which colonial rule decisively embedded itself into local Annang society. The proliferation of schools, clinics and courts carried with them British normative principles and procedures in education, medicine and justice. Routines were established as taxes were collected, as weights and measures were checked, and as court fees and fines were recorded. It was a period of administrative bureaucratisation and legal codification as the civil service expanded. Colonial rule between the wars has therefore been characterised as a period of social, political and economic stagnation. The 1930s was indeed the decade of greatest stability in colonial rule, though as this chapter illustrates the calm and routine were superficial. The economic depression of the 1930s not only affected the markets, it also fostered profound changes in class and gender relations.

Keywords: Annang society; colonial rule; economic depression; class relations; gender relations

Chapter.  18011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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