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East and West Africa

Lieutenant General Sir George Erskine, Commander-in-Chief of East Africa, in Kenya.
Lieutenant General Sir George Erskine, Commander-in-Chief of East Africa, in Kenya.
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In the course of the First World War, Britain conquered African territories from Germany. A system of indirect government was pioneered in West Africa, enabling the British to rule through African political structures.

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Further reading

  • Lonsdale, J., East Africa In Brown, J. M. and Louis, W.R. ed., The Oxford History of the British Empire Volume IV The Twentieth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)
  • Falola, T. & Roberts, A.D., West Africa In Brown, J.M. and Louis, W.R. ed., The Oxford History of the British Empire Volume IV The Twentieth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)