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Extra info for Allies in Apartheid: Western Capitalism in Occupied Namibia
For details of the colonial war, see Jon M. Bridgman, The Revolt of the Hereros (Berkeley: University of California, Press, 1981); and Horst Drechsler, op. cit. For the importance of both and for what they represented, see Neville Alexander, Three Essays on Namibian History. 1, edited by Kenneth Abrahams, Windhoek, 1983 (mimeographed); for Witbooi, see Christoph Borkowsky, 'Hendrik Witbooi - Terrorist oder Freiheitskampfer? ), Namibia - Kolonialismus und Widerstand" op. , pp. 149-169. For the emerging labour conditions see Fritz Wege, 'Die Anfange der Herausbildung einer Arbeiterklasse in Sudwestafrika under der deutschen Kolonialherrschaft', Jahrbuch fur Wirtschaftsgeschichte, 1969/1, pp.
It might look to you like the 24 Colonialist-Capitalist Relations in Namibia piece of meat which has been stored for future and more difficult days. You have already surrendered to these people, and once these people flood you with their impossible, unbearable yet powerful laws, you might see some hope in men, and you might desire to join my side. 37 In response to the colonial threat, the various groups intensified their contact with each other on a more solidaristic basis instead of fighting each other for military superiority within the region.
At the end of 1912, agents were appointed to recruit migrant workers in the northern area. With this economic penetration of the Ambo societies and the integration of their labour potential into the money economy of the colonial sphere of production, a military invasion and subjugation of this area became unnecessary. The expansion of the colonial economy had undermined the mode of production and social structures of the Ovambo much more effectively and profitably. In an internal report to the Imperial German Government on 27 January 1912, Hanno Haahti (the inspector of the Finnish Missionary Society who had previously travelled to Ovamboland) wrote: Firstly, a good part of the cultivable land and that which was already cultivated before remains lying fallow as a result of the migration of Henning Melber 31 young strong men as the indigenous people themselves deplore it and as I saw it with my own eyes; the arable lands become smaller and smaller and have fewer yields because the strength of women is not enough to obtain the means of subsistence from the soil necessary for a big family.