Power in colonial Africa: conflict and discourse in Lesotho, 1870-1960
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Nobody who is thinking of rebelling is going to surrender their guns, because that would be really stupid. Two, people who were not thinking of rebelling are going to start thinking about rebelling once you start stealing expensive property that also allows them to defend their families against the Boers.
Three, even if some people do turn in their guns, everyone who likes you and might defend you in a conflict then has no guns. But everyone who hates you still does. Do you see? Do you see the corner you have painted yourself into? Just cause.
Power in Colonial Lesotho: Conflict and Discourse in Lesotho, 1870-1960
And the BaSotho stayed astoundingly chill and handled the situation with aplomb. He would like, agree to surrender his guns, and then his brother would steal the guns as they were on their way to the British, and Letsie would be like:. Go with all your men! And the British would write letters to each other talking about how weak a chief Letsie was, and secretly Letsie and his brother and sons were apparently just all:.
Did you see that? Did you see that slam on colonial South Africa?
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What did colonial South Africa ever do to me? This is like that time I insulted Ghana for no reason. Like maybe they were ordinarily awesome at administration and this was a total outlier situation for them. She has a new book out with University of Rochester Press about oral traditions of the kingdoms of Southeast Africa , which looks amazing and landmarky. At the suggestion of etudesque , I have made a dedicated page for my Africa reading project. If interested, you may follow my progress there.
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GO ON. By Elizabeth Eldredge.
Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, Elizabeth Eldredge's work provides important detail and critical analysis of some defining moments in Leostho's history, and successfully uses Lesotho to illustrate how Africans used hidden messages in public discourse to challenge colonial rule. The book makes excellent use of archival material, and provides insightful analysis of colonial documents, but would have benefited from a more extensive use of oral sources.
The critique of older scholarly work in the introduction does not seem necessary for her argument. Chapter 2 begins with a general political history of Lesotho from to that provides context for the subsequent chapters.
In Chapters 3 and 4 Eldredge dissects the use of rhetoric between Moorosi and colonial officials leading up to war in Her analysis demonstrates how Moorosi's rebellion was a prelude to the Gun War of Eldredge refutes the idea that the Gun War was a civil war between the Basotho, instead arguing that the Basotho mutually agreed upon the roles of loyalist and rebel.
Although this may have been the case in some instances, the violence between Joel and Jonathan Molapo in Leribe suggests that not all Basotho were on the same side.
The author states that Letsie I assigned the roles of rebel and loyal to Joel and Jonathan, and although this is a new and intriguing approach to Lesotho history, the evidence does not fully support this conclusion. Although most of the literature on Lesotho has portrayed Letsie I as a weak and powerless paramount chief, Eldredge does an excellent job of correcting this impression and demonstrates that he cultivated this image to obscure his role in the rebellion to avoid angering the British.
She argues that Letsie I was using the political tactic of dissembling- a tactic that his father Moshoeshoe had used with the British.