Chiefs and colonial rule in Cameroon: inventing chieftaincy, French and British Style

  title={Chiefs and colonial rule in Cameroon: inventing chieftaincy, French and British Style},
  author={Peter Geschiere},
  pages={151 - 175}
  • P. Geschiere
  • Published 1 April 1993
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Africa
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