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Locality, Mobility, and “Nation”: Periurban Colonialism in Togo’s Eweland, 1900–1960 (review)

Locality, Mobility, and “Nation”: Periurban Colonialism in Togo’s Eweland, 1900–1960 (review) journal of world history, december 2009 Locality, Mobility, and "Nation": Periurban Colonialism in Togo's Eweland, 1900 ­1960. By benjamin n. lawrance. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2007. 304 pp. $75.00 (cloth). This book, apparently a revision of the author's 2002 PhD dissertation, has a number of worthy goals, the most prominent one being to provide an alternative to past prevailing approaches to the history of nationalism in twentieth-century Africa. Benjamin Lawrance is especially critical of early studies that focused on the most well-known and well-documented individual leaders and their urban power bases. His own approach brings to the fore other social groups, such as women and /or people in rural communities, that (in his view) have been undervalued as actors in anticolonial struggles. Lawrance has chosen to focus on tensions and conflicts that took place at the village level during the interwar period, in order to uncover the "local" roots of subsequent political movements that addressed anticolonial sentiment and nationalist issues (pp. 2, 180 ­181). After a general introduction that explains the book's structure and conceptual framework, Lawrance constructs his argument over six numbered chapters. In chapter 1, he sketches out the historical context of Eweland and also http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Locality, Mobility, and “Nation”: Periurban Colonialism in Togo’s Eweland, 1900–1960 (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 20 (4) – Dec 23, 2009

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journal of world history, december 2009 Locality, Mobility, and "Nation": Periurban Colonialism in Togo's Eweland, 1900 ­1960. By benjamin n. lawrance. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2007. 304 pp. $75.00 (cloth). This book, apparently a revision of the author's 2002 PhD dissertation, has a number of worthy goals, the most prominent one being to provide an alternative to past prevailing approaches to the history of nationalism in twentieth-century Africa. Benjamin Lawrance is especially critical of early studies that focused on the most well-known and well-documented individual leaders and their urban power bases. His own approach brings to the fore other social groups, such as women and /or people in rural communities, that (in his view) have been undervalued as actors in anticolonial struggles. Lawrance has chosen to focus on tensions and conflicts that took place at the village level during the interwar period, in order to uncover the "local" roots of subsequent political movements that addressed anticolonial sentiment and nationalist issues (pp. 2, 180 ­181). After a general introduction that explains the book's structure and conceptual framework, Lawrance constructs his argument over six numbered chapters. In chapter 1, he sketches out the historical context of Eweland and also

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