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Resistance and colonial government: a comparative study of Samoa

Campbell, Ian C. (2005) Resistance and colonial government: a comparative study of Samoa. Journal of Pacific History, 40 (1). pp. 45-69. ISSN 0022-3344

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After Mangery Perham, later the pre-eminent historian of British colonial rule in Africa and colonial apologist, visited American Samoa and Western Samoa in 1929, she wrote that successful rule in Samoa is chiefly a matter of touch, in an attempt to explain what to her was an extraordinary anomaly: western Samoa was in ferment, while American Samoa seemed contented and at peace. Western Samoa was governed by civilians in accordance with metropolitan policies under a league of national mandate, and American Samoa was an autocracy under a naval commandant on frequent rotation. His staffs likewise were naval officers on two year appointments because the United States had no colonial service. In New Zealand’s civilian Samoan government all senior staff, and all native affairs staff served for lengthy periods, and New Zealand officials searched repeatedly in the 1920’s and 1930’s the ways of providing special training and career structures for specialists in colonial government. Military government was distasteful to Perham, but she compared it favourably to the neighbouring New Zealand government civilian regime as providing intelligent, disciplined people detached and honest, free of vested interests, and experienced in handling men.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2005 07:53
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2012 06:58

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