Colonial Meltdown: Northern Nigeria in the Great Depression by Moses E. Ochonu

By Moses E. Ochonu

Historians of colonial Africa have principally seemed the last decade of the good melancholy as a interval of severe exploitation and colonial inaction. In Colonial Meltdown, Moses E. Ochonu demanding situations this traditional interpretation by way of mapping the made up our minds, from time to time violent, but instructive responses of Northern Nigeria's chiefs, farmers, workers, artisans, girls, investors, and embryonic elites to the British colonial mismanagement of the nice melancholy. Colonial Meltdown explores the unraveling of British colonial energy at a second of world monetary crisis.

Ochonu exhibits that the industrial downturn made colonial exploitation all yet most unlikely and that this dearth of gains and surpluses pissed off the colonial management which then approved a brutal regime of grassroots exactions and invasive intrusions. the results have been as harsh for Northern Nigerians as these of colonial exploitation in growth years.

Northern Nigerians faced colonial fiscal restoration measures and their brokers with a number of strategies.ColonialMeltdownanalyzes how farmers, ladies, workers, laid-off tin miners, and northern Nigeria's emergent elite challenged and rebelled opposed to colonial monetary restoration schemes with evasive trickery, defiance, strategic acts of revenge, and legal self-help and, within the method, uncovered the vulnerable underbelly of the colonial system.

Combined with the commercial and political paralysis of colonial bureaucrats within the face of concern, those African responses underlined the basic weak spot of the colonial kingdom, the brittleness of its financial project, and the bounds of colonial coercion and violence. This surroundings of colonial cave in emboldened critics of colonial rules who went directly to craft the rhetorical phrases on which the anticolonial fight of the post-World struggle II interval used to be fought out.

In the present weather of world financial anxieties, Ochonu's research will increase discussions at the transnational ramifications of monetary downturns. it is going to additionally problem the pervasive narrative of imperial fiscal luck.

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They flooded East African markets with cheap Japanese textiles, leaving Britain unable to impose any restrictions without flouting international law and jeopardizing its trade in Belgian and Portuguese territories. 38 Though the Japanese exported more textiles to British East Africa than it did to West Africa because of the free trade environment created by the Congo agreement, the British acted faster and more vigorously in West Africa than they did in East Africa. To stem the influx of Japanese textiles, the Nigerian government imposed strict quotas in May 1934.

If matters have already been settled beforehand by the secretary of state 36 w Colonial Meltdown and we are not allowed to make any alteration in his decisions? I submit, that . . ”32 These unusually candid statements from African council members highlighted their frustration at the top-down impositions of economic recovery measures. The African clerks and the government had different ideas about what governmental responsibilities and priorities should be in a period of economic hardship. Overwhelmed by the economic situation, Governor Cameron kept going back to measures he had rejected.

23 He took the delegates through the balance sheet of 1930 and 1931, lamenting the shortfall in collected revenue but praising the reduction of infrastructure and recurrent spending, which saved the government £267,000. He criticized the current budget, which had a built-in deficit of £1,565,000, and declared the need for “drastic action” to defeat deficit budgeting. The governor then outlined a four-pronged approach for achieving this goal. First, he proclaimed that the government would charge expenditure on important infrastructural projects or improvement—such as the trade-facilitating railway—to a loan account maintained in London.

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