Patrick Royer

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Winners of Amaury Talbot Prize

West African Challenge to Empire · Culture and History in the Volta-Bani Anticolonial War
By Mahir Şaul and Patrick Royer

West African Challenge to Empire examines the anticolonial war in the Volta and Bani region in 1915–16. It was the largest challenge that the French ever faced in their West African colonial empire, and one of the largest armed oppositions to colonialism anywhere in Africa. How such a movement could be organized in the face of European technological superiority despite the fact that this region is generally described as having consisted of rival villages and descent groups is a puzzle.

“A must-read for any scholar interested in the military and social history of colonial rule in Africa.”

International Journal of African Historical Studies