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The foreign participants to this penetrating quantity practice clean views and new methodologies to the Asian colonial adventure, from the eighteenth century throughout the submit international battle II decolonization. Historiography, gender, army experiences, finance, and problems with race and sophistication all characteristic during this wide-ranging account of the range of human relationships cast through the colonial presence. For all of its good points of structural oppression, colonialism used to be no longer a one-way communicative strategy, as this quantity demonstrates via its research of the ever-shifting roles of colonizer and colonized.

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It would not be out of place to mention here that traces of these practices could be seen in the British army in far more recent history. The officers who stood in direct relationship to the Crown led aristocratic lifestyles, while other ranks were recruited from all over Europe by impressments or bounty, disciplined by the lash, drilled until they were able to perform like automatons, and were kept in order by the watchdog class. This regimentation made it possible for these recruits to stand at attention for hours while the enemy fired at them from point blank range (Howard 1976: 70).

11 The united Sonba’i domain in the mid-seventeenth century was governed by usif of the Oematan family. 13 The Kono family had their main stronghold in the region known as Miomaffo or Amakono, while the Oematan family dominated the Mollo region. The Greater Sonba’i realm was mostly known to the colonial powers as ‘Amakono’ due to the importance of the Usif Kono. Although Portuguese colonial rule was eventually restricted to East Timor plus the Oecusse-Ambeno enclave, its focus initially lay in the Atoni areas in the west, in what is today largely Indonesian Timor.

Others had no military background, but hopped a ship sailing for India in any way they could, and during the voyage to India, learned something from the other soldiers on board, deserted as soon as they landed in India, assumed their own ranks and found em- EUROPEAN ADVENTURERS AND CHANGES IN THE INDIAN MILITARY SYSTEM 37 ployment with some native ruler. There was a common feeling in India during that time that every white person was a good soldier and an expert in training and raising troops based on the European model.

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