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Title:Epidemics and resistance in colonial Sierra Leone during the First World War
Author:Rashid, IsmailISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Volume:45
Issue:3
Pages:415-439
Language:English
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:anticolonialism
epidemics
social conditions
rebellions
1910-1919
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00083968.2011.10541064
Abstract:Regional and global disease epidemics, which followed in the wake of the First World War, became the crucial tipping point in the balance between resistance and accommodation that had been established between the British colonial administration and newly colonized people of the Sierra Leone Protectorate. From 1915 to 1919, a smallpox epidemic and the global influenza epidemic overwhelmed the inhabitants of the northern region of Sierra Leone, severely disrupting the movement of people, agricultural production, and trade. In the wake of these epidemics and social disruptions, British colonial demands for revenue, labour, and food from Sierra Leoneans to support their European war effort became more onerous. By 1919, the surreptitious protests of the prewar period had given way to open and violent confrontation, as anti-'Syrian' and rice riots swept through the urban areas of the protectorate and colony. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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