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Thomas Hodgkin: Letters from Africa, 1947-56 
edited by Elizabeth Hodgkin and Michael Wolfers.
Haan, 224 pp., £18.95, October 2000, 9781874209881
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... he’s on. He couldn’t bear the colonial assumptions of the other African authority of the day, Margery Perham. ‘I’ve now finished Margery Perham on Ethiopia,’ he writes from Rwanda, ‘a curiously bad book – she’s such a schoolmistress – and never tries, I think, to see what’s going on from ...

Why Walk?

Ann Schlee, 16 February 1984

Eight Feet in the Andes 
by Dervla Murphy.
Murray, 274 pp., £9.95, November 1983, 0 7195 4083 6
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West African Passage: A Journey through Nigeria, Chad and the Cameroons 
by Margery Perham, edited by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene.
Peter Owen, 245 pp., £12, September 1983, 0 7206 0609 8
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India File 
by Trevor Fishlock.
Murray, 189 pp., £9.95, September 1983, 0 7195 4072 0
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Castaway: A Story of Survival 
by Lucy Irvine.
Gollancz, 287 pp., £8.95, October 1983, 0 575 03340 1
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In Search of the Sahara 
by Quentin Crewe.
Joseph, 261 pp., £12.95, October 1983, 0 7181 2348 4
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... She has no doubt that the long slow route is amply justified. The reader is bound to agree. Dame Margery Perham’s West African Passage was compiled from letters written in the 1930s. The purpose of her tour was to collect material for her classic Native Administration in Nigeria. Primarily she went to explore not a country but a system of ...

Orders of Empire

Keith Kyle, 7 March 1985

Waugh in Abyssinia 
by Evelyn Waugh.
Methuen, 253 pp., £9.50, September 1984, 0 413 54830 9
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Remote People 
by Evelyn Waugh.
Penguin, 208 pp., £2.50, January 1985, 9780140095425
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Haile Selassie’s War 
by Anthony Mockler.
Oxford, 453 pp., £17.50, November 1984, 0 19 215867 8
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... of the black imperialists, as advertised not only by Waugh but by such scholars as Dame Margery Perham in The Government of Ethiopia, came to the fore. Somali claims to the Ogaden appeared more attractive as they were found to have a validity of their own based on ethnic considerations independent of Italian ambitions. Jonathan Dimbleby and ...

Parcelled Out

Ferdinand Mount: The League of Nations, 22 October 2015

The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire 
by Susan Pedersen.
Oxford, 571 pp., £22.99, June 2015, 978 0 19 957048 5
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... were such imperialist hangovers confined to ex-governors. Intellectuals such as Arnold Toynbee and Margery Perham found it equally hard to imagine that Samoa and Papua New Guinea would ever be able to govern themselves. Yet Samoa was one of the few countries where a working structure of chiefly government had survived the colonial encounter. As for Papua ...

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