‘CIRCLE OF IRON’: AFRICAN COLONIAL EMPLOYEES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF COLONIAL RULE IN FRENCH WEST AFRICA

@article{Osborn2003CIRCLEOI,
  title={‘CIRCLE OF IRON’: AFRICAN COLONIAL EMPLOYEES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF COLONIAL RULE IN FRENCH WEST AFRICA},
  author={Emily Lynn Osborn},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  year={2003},
  volume={44},
  pages={29 - 50}
}
  • E. Osborn
  • Published 1 March 2003
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of African History
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