Nearly Native, Barely Civilized: Henri Gaden's Journey Through Colonial French West Africa (1894-1939)

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Brill, 2014 - History - 442 pages
Nearly Native, Barely Civilized by Roy Dilley offers the first full-length biography of Henri Gaden, an exceptional French colonial character who lived through some of the most radical transformations in West African history. It provides an in-depth, intimate and rounded portrayal of the man, his place in history, and the contradictions, tensions and ambiguities not only in his personal and professional life but also at the heart of the colonial enterprise.

Soldier, ethnographer and linguist, lover, father, administrator and Governor, Henri Gaden (1867-1939) lived for 45 years in West Africa. Faced with the chaos, insecurity and insanity of colonial existence, Gaden experienced a rich mosaic of human pain and passion, of curiosity and intellectual endeavour, of folly and failure.

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Roy Dilley, D.Phil. (1984), University of Oxford, is Professor of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews. He has published widely on anthropological theory and West African ethnography, including a monograph, Islamic and Caste Knowledge Practices among Haalpulaar'en, Senegal (EUP/IAI, 2004).

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