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    Progressive Occupation?: The Gallieni-Lyautey Method and Colonial Pacification in Tonkin and Madagascar, 1885-1900

    By: Michael P.M. Finch

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    On the eve of the twentieth century, Joseph Gallieni and Hubert Lyautey claimed to have devised a new approach to the consolidation of colonial acquisitions. Their method emphasized the primacy of political action over military action, called for the replacement of military columns with a creeping occupation, stressed the importance of economic-organisational development in ensuring the lasting stability of newly-acquired imperial possessions, and called for theunification of civil and military powers in the hands of the soldier, who would act as the first administrator of the colony.This method was the culmination of colonial experiences in Tonkin and Madagascar in the final decades of the nineteenth century. Following Gallienis career path across these colonies,

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