By Mahmud Modibbo Tukur,Michael J. Watts
Mahmud Modibbo Tukur’s paintings demanding situations primary assumptions and conclusions approximately eu colonialism in Africa, specifically British colonialism in northern Nigeria. while others have awarded the thesis of a welcome reception of the imposition of British colonialism by way of the folk, the examine has chanced on actual resistance and large hostility in the direction of that imposition; and, opposite to the “pacification” and minimum violence argued via a few students, the examine has uncovered the violent and bloody nature of that career. instead of the only tale of “Indirect rule”, or “abolishing slavery” and lifting the load of precolonial taxation which others have argued, this booklet has proven that British officers have been greatly in proof, imposed various and heavier taxes accrued with nice potency and ruthlessness, and neglected the well-being and welfare of the folks in famines and healthiness epidemics which ravaged components of northern Nigeria throughout the interval. British monetary and social rules, similar to blocking off entry to western schooling for the hundreds in such a lot components of northern Nigeria, didn't result in improvement yet its antithesis of retrogression and stagnation in the course of the interval below research. Tukur’s research of respectable colonial documents and assets constitutes an important contribution to the literature on colonialism in Africa and to realizing the complexity of the Nigerian scenario today.
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