"Intimate Knowledge of the Country": Factions and Struggles for Administrative Control in the Early Gold Coast Government, 1844-1854

Asante, Kofi Takyi (2017) "Intimate Knowledge of the Country": Factions and Struggles for Administrative Control in the Early Gold Coast Government, 1844-1854. IAST working paper, n. 17-67, Toulouse

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Abstract

This paper examines conflicts between factions in the early British colonial administration in the Gold Coast. The reversion of administration control from the company of merchants to the Colonial Office generated hostility within the administration. Mercantile resentment stemmed from a perception that metropolitan control was likely to undermine the results of their labours and jeopardise their commercial interests. These circumstances provided a fertile breeding ground for the pattern of conflicts that embroiled officials of the colonial administration from 1844. However, when allowed the opportunity to influence administrative policy, merchants adopted cordial relations with the new officials and readily offered their cooperation. This study suggests that we cannot assume that colonial administrations functioned as coherent units. Another implication is that uncritically accepting the ‘coloniser’ and ‘colonised’ dichotomy obscures many important differences within each category and blinds us to the important social and political implications of these internal divisions.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: 2017
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2018 14:46
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:31674
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/24044

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