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Administration and Taxation in Former Portuguese Africa


Author(s): Philip J. Havik, Alexander Keese, Maciel Santos
Contributors: Philip Havik, Maciel Santos, Alexander Kees;

Book Description

This book addresses a notable gap in the knowledge of Portuguese colonial administration and the policies implemented in the main territories of its “third” African empire: Angola, Mozambique and Guinea. In recent years, the question of colonial taxation has become a topic in the academic debate on colonial empires and has led to a comparative, long-term focus on its impact in African societies. Given that former Portuguese colonies in Africa have been largely absent from this debate, this book offers new perspectives on taxation and colonial rule, and the first detailed and comprehensive study of fiscal administration. Besides dealing with the economic and financial aspects of empire, the book interprets the social experience of African populations through their interaction with colonial institutions. Based on a thorough and probing qualitative and quantitative analysis of published and unpublished data, it places taxation in a broad social context for the period between the full military control of the territories and the end of WW II. Thus, whilst engaging with ongoing debates on comparative African economic and political history, the book provides a key contribution to research on African social change.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7010-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7010-2
Date of Publication: 01/01/2015
Pages / Size: 255 / A5
Price: £47.99


Philip J. Havik received his PhD in Social Sciences from Leiden University, The Netherlands. He is Senior Researcher at the Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT), and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) of the Universidade Nova in Lisbon. His multidisciplinary research centers on public health, tropical medicine, (post-) colonial administration, cultural brokerage, and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on West Africa.

Alexander Keese has a PhD in History from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a Habilitation from the University of Berne, Switzerland. He is Research Project Director of the project ForcedLabourAfrica (ERC Starting Grant 240898) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. He has published widely on colonial administration and labour-related issues in Portugal's and France's African empires.

Maciel Santos received his PhD in History from the University of Oporto, Portugal, and is Professor at the Faculty of Letters of Oporto. Currently researcher at the Centro de Estudos Africanos of the Universidade do Porto (CEAUP) and Director of the international journal Africana Studia, edited by the CEAUP, he is the author of several publications on Portuguese colonial history.