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).
All readers interested in biography, military conquest and occupation, colonial heroics and human folly, historical ethnography of colonialism in Africa, sexual mores of empire, West African anthropology and modern history.
'The book does not aim to simply reconstruct a conventional historical narrative of a life or of event as they unfold. It sheds light on the nature of the colonialism in West Africa. Through Gaden's experience we can see how colonialism imposes order and new types of organization on native affairs. Gaden does not act merely as a military officer and administrator. In Mauritania, he was revered as a man of learning, justice and honesty, and of immense culture stature amongst the Moors. He is a researcher and an ethnographer who seeks information from the indigenous, notices and writes down Africa's world. Overall, Dilley achieves its scope, to present us a rather unknown Africa through the optics of their protagonists.'
Antonios Chaldeos in Journal of Oriental and African Studies, 24 (2015), pp. 482-485
Table of contents
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Note on Orthography
A Funeral, Thursday, 14th December 1939
Chapter One. Gironde, Paris and Beyond
Chapter Two. Agent of Commerce, African Novice: From Bordeaux to Bandiagara, 1894-1896
Interlude: Furlough in France I
Chapter Three. On the Trail of the Black Napoleon, 1897-1899
Interlude: Furlough in France II
Chapter Four. The Mallam and the Qadis: A Posting to Zinder, 1900-1903
Interlude: Furlough in France III
Chapter Five. Cherchez la Femme: Tchekna, Chad, 1904-1907
Interlude: Furlough in France IV
Chapter Six. Confidential Relations: Boutilimit, Mauritania, 1908-1911
Interlude: Furlough in France V
Chapter Seven. Paperwork and Bullets: The Years of Scholarship and War, 1912-18
Chapter Eight. Governor, Savant, Adopted Son: St Louis, 1919-1927
Chapter Nine. The Monk of St Louis, 1927-1939
Bibliography of Henri Gaden's Published Works