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By Steven Pierce

In Farmers and the country in Colonial Kano, Steven Pierce examines concerns surrounding the colonial nation and the distribution of nation energy in northern Nigeria. the following, Pierce deconstructs the colonial nation and provides a different analyzing of land tenure that demanding situations past perspectives of the function of oblique rule. in line with Pierce, land tenure used to be the ability the colonial executive used to rule the neighborhood inhabitants and extract taxes from them, however it was once additionally a political good judgment with a primary flaw and a Western bias. In Pierce’s view, colonial representations of land tenure claimed to mirror precolonial platforms of rule, yet in its place, essentially misrepresented farmers’ adventure. He keeps that this misrepresentation created a paradox on the middle of the colonial country which persists into the current and is helping to provide an explanation for modern difficulties in African states. during this sweeping and eloquent account of African historical past, readers will locate a longer family tree of land legislation and taxation in addition to wealthy fabric at the energy of indigenous wisdom and the endurance of colonial platforms of rule.

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