Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa by Michelle R. MoydViolent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa by Michelle R. Moyd

Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa

byMichelle R. Moyd

Paperback | July 15, 2014

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The askari, African soldiers recruited in the 1890s to fill the ranks of the German East African colonial army, occupy a unique space at the intersection of East African history, German colonial history, and military history.

Lauded by Germans for their loyalty during the East Africa campaign of World War I, but reviled by Tanzanians for the violence they committed during the making of the colonial state between 1890 and 1918, the askari have been poorly understood as historical agents. Violent Intermediaries situates them in their everyday household, community, military, and constabulary roles, as men who helped make colonialism in German East Africa.

By linking microhistories with wider nineteenth-century African historical processes, Michelle Moyd shows how as soldiers and colonial intermediaries, the askari built the colonial state while simultaneously carving out paths to respectability, becoming men of influence within their local contexts.

Through its focus on the making of empire from the ground up, Violent Intermediaries offers a fresh perspective on African colonial troops as state-making agents and critiques the mythologies surrounding the askari by focusing on the nature of colonial violence.

Michelle R. Moyd is an assistant professor of history at Indiana University. Previously, she has been a resident fellow at the International Research Center “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” of Humboldt University, Germany, and at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She was also an instru...
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Title:Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0821420895

ISBN - 13:9780821420898

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Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • A Note on Spellings, Currency, and Measurements
  • Introduction: Reconstructing Askari Realities
  • Chapter 1: Becoming Askari
    Narratives of Early Schutztruppe
    Recruitment in Context
  • Chapter 2: Making Askari Ways of War
    Military Training and Socialization
  • Chapter 3: The Askari Way of War
  • Chapter 4: Station Life
  • Chapter 5: Askari as Agents of Everyday Colonialism
  • Conclusion: Making Askari Myths
  • Chronology
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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“[Moyd] furthers our understanding of everyday colonialism by fleshing out the lives of individuals who were simultaneously agents of colonialism and objects of colonial rule. . . . She uses [limited sources] thoroughly to provide rich and insightful details about this underexplored dimension of colonialism.” —American Historical Review