The African Rank-and-File (Social History of Africa)

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9780325001401: The African Rank-and-File (Social History of Africa)

Paper Edition. The African Rank-and-File explores why East Africans in the King's African Rifles (KAR) served a foreign power, which denied them the rights of full citizenship and was at best paternalistic and at worst openly oppressive.

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Timothy H. Parsons holds a joint appointment as a Vistiting Assistant Professor in the History Department and the African and Afro-American Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Parsons has produced an excellent study. - Anthony Clayton in JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY ...in addition to being an excellent account of the soldiers of the King's African Rifles, it also has important things with a wider application to say about martial races, and the value of oral history in writing cross-cultural studies of this type...this thorough survey of the rank-and-file of the KAR which covers every aspect of their service from before enlistment to after discharge. For anyone with an interest in British colonial forces (and not just those of East Africa) this book is a must, both for its content, and for the thoughts that it will provoke. - Peter B. Boyden in JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR ARMY HISTORICAL RESEARCH ... very clear and very convincing on the central issues. The author analyses particularly well the results of the interaction between the different players, (Askaris, women, family, the British army, the white colonials etc.), and how dominated people manoeuvre on the margins left open by the conflicts between the powerful. It is equally valuable in the way that it crosses the line freely from classical historiography abandoning political analysis in favour of the crystallisation of identities and the transformation of different social strata through socioeconomic factors. Finally, Parsons' work is yet another stimulating example of the quality of the Social History of Africa series. - Jean-Herve Jezequel in CAHIERS d'ETUDES AFRICAINES

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