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By Edmund James Yorke

An insightful account of the devastating impression of the nice warfare, upon the already fragile British colonial African country of Northern Rhodesia. Deploying large archival and infrequent proof from surviving African veterans, it investigates African resistance at present.

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The Bakahondi in the past have been very little interfered with and no great demands were made on their sense of duty and obedience to the government. ’76 L. A. Wallace, the Administrator agreed: ‘These people have not been worried by much Administrative rule and some of them [ . . 77 The Colonial Office response to Wallace’s proposals involving the despatch of police reinforcements to the areas and disarmament of both the Kaonda and Lunda tribes, also again demonstrated the curious ambivalence of the Company-imperial relationship.

When they could be called upon to grow cotton again’. 111 Elsewhere, one of the few exceptions to the general preponderance of subsistence agriculture was the western Luapula District where the mainly cassava-growing northern Lunda and Shila cultivators had taken early advantage of the development and expansion of the nearby Katanga mines. 112 During wartime this area was to become a major source of food supply for the imperial forces. Furthermore, in both the north-west and large parts of the north-east, the prevalence of tsetse fly ensured that cattle-raising was extremely limited.

In 1913 for instance, an attempt was made at reducing the trade by way of raising the cost of licences for European grain traders. The latter were required to take out a costly General Dealer’s Licence if they traded for more than three days in the same location and opening another station involved paying a further £2 fee. 26 Britain, Northern Rhodesia and the First World War The weakness of the Administrative presence in many districts, however, combined with the high mobility of European traders operating from ‘wagon-stores’ made licence enforcement extremely problematical.

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