The Askari Monument in Mombasa

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The Askari Monument, like similar versions in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, was built in the 1920s to acknowledge the role of African soldiers in the First World War. At the same time, the construction of bronze statues on plinths in colonial centres represented an imposing and domineering feature of colonial rule. Such tensions of empire in port cities form a key thread of some of the articles of this issue, especially that of Daniel Steinbach, whose article discusses the paradoxes of colonial social engineering and racial categorisation in Mombasa during the First World War. 


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