White Chief, Black Lords
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191 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

7 b/w. 3 line. Illustrations

Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

White Chief, Black Lords

Shepstone and the Colonial State in Natal, South Africa, 1845-1878

by Thomas V. McClendon

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A study of colonial Natal, focused on the contradictions related to indirect rule, the legacy of which continues to inform the political and social climate of post-apartheid South Africa.
White Chief, Black Lords explores the tensions and contradictions between the British colonial civilizing mission and the practice of indirect rule. While the colonial imperative was to transform colonized societies and bring them within "civilized" norms, fiscal limitations frequently resulted in ruling through indigenous authorities and customs. In this book, Thomas McClendon analyzes this deep contradiction by looking at several crises and key turning points in the early decades of colonial rule in the British colony of Natal, later part of South Africa. He focuses a keen eye on the tenure of Theophilus Shepstone as that colony's Secretary for Native affairs, examining his interactions with subject African communities.
In a series of case studies, including high drama over rebellions by African "chiefs" and their followers and intense debates over the control of witchcraft, White Chief,Black Lords shows that these colonial imperatives led to a self-defeating conundrum. In the process of attempting to rule through African leaders and norms yet to discipline and transform African subjects, the colonial state inevitably was itself transformed and became, in part, an African state. McClendon concludes by spotlighting the continuing importance of these unresolved contradictions in post-apartheid South Africa.

Thomas McClendonis Professor of History at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
Introduction
The Man Who Would Be Inkosi
Witchcraft and Statecraft
You Are What You Eat Up
Guns, Rain, and Law
From Show Trial to Shallow Reform
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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Title Details

191 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

7 b/w. 3 line. Illustrations

Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Imprint: University of Rochester Press