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Brief Authority A Memoir of Colonial Administration in

Charles Meek's account of his twenty years in Tanganyika now Tanzania goes to the heart of British colonial rule at the end of empire Arriving in the former German colony during the dark days of World War II Meek describes the challenges of living in a remote colony in war time and of life among a remarkable cast of frontier characters and colleagues By the late 1940s however the drive towards nationalism had gained pace There were experiments with forms of indirect rule with local tribal leaders but all was suddenly overtaken by the momentum of the independence movement and in 1957 Meek was moved to Dar es Salaam Here he was embroiled in the fast moving events leading to decolonization working as Permanent Secretary to the Chief Minister Julius Nyerere Dramatic moving and full of human interest Brief Authority is a fascinating story for all readers interested in the inside story of the British Colonial service at the end of empireCharles Meek's account of his twenty years in Tanganyika now Tanzania goes to the heart of British colonial rule at the end of empire Arriving in the former German colony during the dark days of World War II Meek describes the challenges of living in a remote colony in war time and of life among a remarkable cast of frontier characters and colleagues By the late 1940s however the drive towards nationalism had gained pace There were experiments with forms of indirect rule with local tribal leaders but all was suddenly overtaken by the momentum of the independence movement and in 1957 Meek was moved to Dar es Salaam Here he was embroiled in the fast moving events leading to decolonization working as Permanent Secretary to the Chief Minister Julius Nyerere Dramatic moving and full of human interest Brief Authority is a fascinating story for all readers interested in the inside story of the British Colonial service at the end of empireCharles Meek's account of his twenty years in Tanganyika now Tanzania goes to the heart of British colonial rule at the end of empire Arriving in the former German colony during the dark days of World War II Meek describes the challenges of living in a remote colony in war time and of life among a remarkable cast of frontier characters and colleagues By the late 1940s however the drive towards nationalism had gained pace There were experiments with forms of indirect rule with local tribal leaders but all was suddenly overtaken by the momentum of the independence movement and in 1957 Meek was moved to Dar es Salaam Here he was embroiled in the fast moving events leading to decolonization working as Permanent Secretary to the Chief Minister Julius Nyerere Dramatic moving and full of human interest Brief Authority is a fascinating story for all readers interested in the inside story of the British Colonial service at the end of empire


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  1. says:

    This is an extremely interesting book written by the son of Charles Meek what a pity that Charles could not have been recognised for the extremely intelligent and versatile man he was This book describes the difficulties and drawbacks of days gone by during the colonial period which is a piece of history also lays down the shadow that so many talk about of colonial days as it was indeed exactly as this book describes I was there about the same time the many sacrifices made demonstrating how he got so many of the African population involved in all of his projects how they put shoulders together working on a shoestring what is a great pity is that this type of collaboration wasn't recognised which IF he had been able to carry onwith it's values Africa would be very rich politics and greed has spoilt it All those years of sacrifice and understanding to make things work are now thrown to the wind accusing the colonialists of taking things away this book proves how wrong they are nowadays An honorary statue should be built in his memory and yes finally to the family particularly to his wife managing to work together to make this book Only one 'neo' it would have been lovely to know how he carried on later It just comes to a full stop when he was told his position had to be taken over by an African because he was white the same thing happened to me Just like the doctors in those times they were wizardsgenious'where they put their hands to all asapects of everything you won't find those characteristic nowadays I'll certainly refer this book to all especially those who were actually part of that historic time Congratulations to his son Innes his wife and the family who put all together you have my admiration for such important workAnna Parkinson