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Patrons, Clients, and Empire: The Subordination of Indigenous Hierarchies in Asia and Africa

Patrons, Clients, and Empire: The Subordination of Indigenous Hierarchies in Asia and Africa Patrons, Clients, and Empire: The Subordination of Indigenous Hierarchies in Asia and Africa colin newbury Oxford University istorians of empire have frequently referred to models of mutual H dependency between rulers and subordinate societies. The termi- nology of subordination covering “subsidiary alliances,” “para- mountcy,” “protectorates,” “indirect rule,” or “collaboration” indicates a need to account for the ways in which imperial hierarchies func- tioned in the absence of sustained coercion at the interface between “rulers” and “ruled”. The notion of modus vivendi is implicit in this equilibrium, compared with the disequilibrium of conquest. So, too, is the idea of degrees of control and supervision. Others who have emphasized the notion of overt and passive resistance to account for political change within the framework of colonial government still have to explain the more usual amount of accommodation. More- over, many of the structures utilized by colonial administrations at the district level have not disappeared. Beneath the rhetoric surrounding “colonialism” and “nationalism” there still lies a broad topic concern- ing the interaction of imperial agents, their political successors, and local leaders in regional histories, and that can benefit from compara- tive treatment. The specific topic of this essay is concerned with the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Patrons, Clients, and Empire: The Subordination of Indigenous Hierarchies in Asia and Africa

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2000 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

Patrons, Clients, and Empire: The Subordination of Indigenous Hierarchies in Asia and Africa colin newbury Oxford University istorians of empire have frequently referred to models of mutual H dependency between rulers and subordinate societies. The termi- nology of subordination covering “subsidiary alliances,” “para- mountcy,” “protectorates,” “indirect rule,” or “collaboration” indicates a need to account for the ways in which imperial hierarchies func- tioned in the absence of sustained coercion at the interface between “rulers” and “ruled”. The notion of modus vivendi is implicit in this equilibrium, compared with the disequilibrium of conquest. So, too, is the idea of degrees of control and supervision. Others who have emphasized the notion of overt and passive resistance to account for political change within the framework of colonial government still have to explain the more usual amount of accommodation. More- over, many of the structures utilized by colonial administrations at the district level have not disappeared. Beneath the rhetoric surrounding “colonialism” and “nationalism” there still lies a broad topic concern- ing the interaction of imperial agents, their political successors, and local leaders in regional histories, and that can benefit from compara- tive treatment. The specific topic of this essay is concerned with the

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2001

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