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Title:The response of British Colonial Government in Nigeria to the Islamic insurgency in the French Sudan and the Sahara during the First World War
Author:Osuntokun, Jide
Year:1974
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Issue:10
Pages:98-107
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Mali
Sahara
Subjects:rebellions
1910-1919
Abstract:In the French Sudan and Sahara opposition to French rule generally arose because of French colonial policy of overcentralization of administration and political power in one place and usually in French hands. French military weakness had not made the removal of Muslim Shaikhs possible before the war and the bitterness and rancour which their earlier policies had left behind made it certain that, given the opportunity, Muslim leaders of Haut-Senegal in particular would revolt. This rather unstable situation was bound to be noticed by French African neighbours, particularly the British authorities in Nigeria, who became concerned about the situation in areas bordering on Nigeria after the outbreak of the Great European war. The British involvement was motivated by self interest, that is, keeping the insurgents and their agents from disturbing and threatening Britsh hold on their Islamic territories in West Africa, in general, and Nigeria in particular. Notes.
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