Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa (New African Histories)

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Review "I expect "Violent Intermediaries" to become the definitive English-language history of the East African Schutztruppe [the colonial forces of Germany]. Michelle Moyd has bravely and productively ventured into the realm of conventional military history to draw social and cultural conclusions from the ways that the Schutztruppe fought. This attention to how African soldiers carried out their primary mission is largely missing from most of the recent scholarship on colonial militaries." -- Timothy H. Parsons, professor of history and the African and African American studies program, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri"Michelle Moyd offers a uniquely empathetic reading of colonial sources and a new narrative voice as she uncovers the histories of?...?actors that have been mythologized, misused, and misunderstood for more than a century." -- Jamie Monson, professor of history, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota "Michelle Moyd brings to life the world of the East African askari in this imaginative and original study of their role in shaping German colonialism in Africa in the early twentieth century. Readable, well argued, and carefully researched, "Violent Intermediaries" is an important study that will enrich the work of scholars in many areas." -- Philippa Levine, author of "The British Empire, Sunrise to Sunset"I expect "Violent Intermediaries" to become the definitive English-language history of the East African Schutztruppe [the colonial forces of Germany


"Moyd's insistence on viewing askari not only as soldiers but also as men with social lives and aspirations that transcended their professional activities in maboma, on expeditions, and on the battlefield is refreshing and insightful.…Violent Intermediaries is a highly readable monograph offering an empathetic view on the stigmatized African soldiers of the colonial army in German East Africa." -H-Net

"[Violent Intermediaries] offers a new and well researched perspective drawing on the insights of the social history of recent decades…[Moyd] has produced a fine social history of African soldiers as intermediaries in the everyday life of colonialism in German East Africa." -International Journal of African Historical Studies

“Michelle Moyd brings to life the world of the East African askari in this imaginative and original study of their role in shaping German colonialism in Africa in the early twentieth century. Readable, well argued, and carefully researched, Violent Intermediaries is an important study that will enrich the work of scholars in many areas.”
— Philippa Levine, author of The British Empire, Sunrise to Sunset

"[A] fascinating and scholarly study of African soldiers in the German Schutztruppe, and their role in establishing German colonial rule in eastern Africa.…What is distinctive about this study is the way Moyd includes the pre-colonial history and situation of these soldiers. She argues that pre-existing warfare, enslavement practices and spreading violence before colonial rule must be factored into recruitment and warfare. Also, she shows how African soldiers went through a number of stages in their military training which had an important social dimension and reach. Their power and role as the new 'big men,' in turn went on to shape newly emerging colonial African societies." -Africa at LSE blog

"[Moyd] manages to reconcile the German inflated myth of the 'loyal askari' and the post-colonial Tanzanian emphasis [on] the askari as brutal agents of colonialism, by showing the many nuances in between-tracing the contradictory accounts to reveal simple human behavior."

"[Moyd] furthers our understanding of everyday colonialism by fleshing out the lives of individuals who were simultaneously agents of colonialism and objects of colonial rule. . . . She uses [limited sources] thoroughly to provide rich and insightful details about this underexplored dimension of colonialism." -American Historical Review

Author Biography

Michelle R. Moyd is an assistant professor of history at Indiana University. Previously, she has been a resident fellow at the International Research Center of Humboldt University, Germany, and at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She was also an instructor in the Department of History at the United States Air Force Academy.


• List of Illustrations
• Preface
• Acknowledgments
• A Note on Spellings, Currency, and Measurements
• Introduction: Reconstructing Askari Realities
• Chapter 1: Becoming Askari
Narratives of Early Schutztruppe
Recruitment in Context

• Chapter 2: Making Askari Ways of War
Military Training and Socialization
• Chapter 3: The Askari Way of War
• Chapter 4: Station Life
• Chapter 5: Askari as Agents of Everyday Colonialism
• Conclusion: Making Askari Myths
• Chronology
• Notes
• Glossary
• Bibliography
• Index

Product Specifications

Paperback / softback
Ohio University Press
New African histories
Date Published
30 June 2014
Publication Place
Ohio University Press
152 x 231 x 26

Michelle R. Moyd (author)


African history

Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

Colonialism & imperialism

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