British Somaliland provides a history of the administration of the British Somaliland Protectorate from the time when Somaliland first became governable, following the defeat of Abdullah Hassan, to independence.
Describing the interplay between general imperial policies, and greater realities and developments in Somaliland, the focus of the book remains on the mechanism by which the Protectorate was operated. The regime that developed was, in the end, a highly autocratic despotism, generally benign but occasionally predatory. Independence, when it arrived, was, in retrospect, a tragedy. Somaliland was absorbed into Somalia and a governmental style which suited the conditions of the Protectorate was dissolved into something very different. Since the collapse of Somalia, re-emergent Somaliland appears to be attempting to re-connect to a past remembered as something of a golden age.
Highly topical, as Somaliland is re-emerging, this book is an invaluable resource for students and scholars of African History, Imperial History and British History.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Somaliland and Somalis 2 Administration 1920-1938 'Combining Efficiency with Cheapness 3 Development 1920-1938 4 Fiasco, 1938-1941 5 Military Administration 1941-1948 6 Development 1941-1948 7 Administration 1948-1960 8 Development 1948-1960 9 Constitutional Development 1952-1960 10 After the End
Brock Millman is Professor of History at the University of Western Ontario. His previous publications include; The Ill-Made Alliance: Anglo-Turkish Relations, 1934-1940; Pessimism and British War Policy: 1916-1918; and Managing Domestic Dissent in First World War Britain, 1914-1918. Another book, Politics, Polarity and Dissent in Great War Canada: 1914-1919 is forthcoming. Professor Millman’s research interests include Anglo-Turkish relations and the First World War in Britain and Canada, more recently he has been focussing on constitutional development in Botswana between WWII and independence.