In Power in Colonial Africa: clash and Discourse in Lesotho, 1870–1960, Elizabeth A. Eldredge analyzes a panoply of archival and oral assets, visible symptoms and emblems, and private and non-private activities to teach how strength should be exercised not just by way of rulers but additionally by means of the governed. The BaSotho—best identified for his or her consolidation of a nation from the 1820s to 1850s via essentially peaceable ability, and for bringing colonial forces to a standstill within the Gun battle of 1880–1881—struggled to keep up sovereignty over their inner affairs in the course of their years below the colonial rule of the Cape Colony (now a part of South Africa) and Britain from 1868 to 1966. Eldredge explores cases of BaSotho resistance, resilience, and resourcefulness in varieties of expression either verbal and non-verbal. Skillfully navigating episodes of clash, the BaSotho matched wits with the British in diplomatic brinksmanship, negotiation, compromise, circumvention, and persuasion, revealing the means of a subordinate inhabitants to persuade the process occasions because it selectively absorbs, employs, and subverts parts of the colonial culture.
“A clean, readable and lucid account of 1 in an array of compositions of strength in the course of colonialism in southern Africa.”—David Gordon, Journal of African History
“Elegantly written.”—Sean Redding, Sub-Saharan Africa
“Eldredge writes in actual fact and attractively, and her experiences of the conflict among Lerotholi and Masupha and of the conflicts over the succession to the paramountcy are crucial examining for an individual who desires to comprehend these crises.”—Peter Sanders, Journal of Southern African Studies
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