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1. Park, Matthew James. Heart of Banjul : the history of Banjul, The Gambia, 1816-1965.

Degree: 2016, Michigan State University

Thesis Ph. D. Michigan State University. History 2016.

This dissertation is a history of Banjul (formerly Bathurst), the capital city of The Gambia during the period of colonial rule. It is the first dissertation-length history of the city. “Heart of Banjul” engages with the history of Banjul (formerly Bathurst); the capital city of The Gambia. Based on a close reading of archival and primary sources, including government reports and correspondences, missionary letters, journals, and published accounts, travelers accounts, and autobiographical materials, the dissertation attempts to reconstruct the city and understand how various parts of the city came together out of necessity (though never harmoniously). In the spaces where different kinds of people, shifting power structures, and nonhuman actors came together something which could be called a city emerged. Chapter 1, “Intestines of the State,” covers most of the 19th century and traces how the proto-colonial state and its interlocutors gradually erected administration over The Gambia. Rather than a teleology of colonial takeover, the chapter presents the creation of the colonial state as a series of stops and starts experienced as conflicts between the Bathurst administration and a number of challengers to its sovereignty including Gambian warrior kings, marabouts, criminals, French authorities, the British administration in Sierra Leone, missionaries, merchants, and disease. Chapter 2, “The Circulatory System,” engages with conflicts between the state, merchants, Gambian kings, and urban dwellers. Through a focus on the circulation of men, materials, debts, lorries, groundnuts, and prisoners in the colony this chapter establishes a fundamental difference between the state and capital. The state attempted to establish a regulated, measured circulation through the city which it could direct towards its own enrichment and growth. Capital, on the other hand, pushed the pace of circulation both in terms of its speed and intensity as well as the area it covered. Merchants attempted to increase their bottom lines by increasing the circulation of capital, the collection of debts, and harvests upriver. Chapter 3, “Dead Meat,” tells the story of the single most neglected residents in African cities: urban animals. The forces which assailed the bodies of urban animals were many: sanitary regulations, pesticides, commodification of their bodies, the trade in exotic animals, hunting, roundups, and hunger. Despite these challenges urban animals continued to scratch existence (and possibly more) out of the city. This chapter not only takes historians to task for writing urban animals out of African history, but it also shows how the history of urban animals in Africa might contribute to the broader historiography of urban Africans and their engagement/disengagement with the wider urban ecosystem. Chapter 4, “Politics of the Belly” takes up the history of labor in the city. This chapter attempts to focus on the places where labor, the state, and capital met. The state…

Advisors/Committee Members: Hawthorne, Walter, Fair, Laura, Leichtman, Mara, Robinson, David.

Subjects/Keywords: African history; History

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APA (6th Edition):

Park, M. J. (2016). Heart of Banjul : the history of Banjul, The Gambia, 1816-1965. (Thesis). Michigan State University. Retrieved from http://etd.lib.msu.edu/islandora/object/etd:3904

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Park, Matthew James. “Heart of Banjul : the history of Banjul, The Gambia, 1816-1965.” 2016. Thesis, Michigan State University. Accessed October 01, 2020. http://etd.lib.msu.edu/islandora/object/etd:3904.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Park, Matthew James. “Heart of Banjul : the history of Banjul, The Gambia, 1816-1965.” 2016. Web. 01 Oct 2020.

Vancouver:

Park MJ. Heart of Banjul : the history of Banjul, The Gambia, 1816-1965. [Internet] [Thesis]. Michigan State University; 2016. [cited 2020 Oct 01]. Available from: http://etd.lib.msu.edu/islandora/object/etd:3904.

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Council of Science Editors:

Park MJ. Heart of Banjul : the history of Banjul, The Gambia, 1816-1965. [Thesis]. Michigan State University; 2016. Available from: http://etd.lib.msu.edu/islandora/object/etd:3904

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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