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Indirect rule
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This term for a special form of colonial authority is well established in the discipline of history (History [intellectual discipline]). It goes back to the British civil servant Frederick Lugard (1858-1945). After his military career in British India and Egypt, he served as high commissioner in northern Nigeria from 1900 to 1906. Here he developed the politics of indirect…

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Mann, Michael, “Indirect rule”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021319>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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