- Title Pages
- Note on Orthography
- Chapter one Centuries of Youth: Remembering, Incorporation, and the Reclamation of History
- Chapter Two Kings, Slaves, and Floating Populations: Discourses of Centrality and Marginality in the Precolonial Era
- Chapter Three Masks of Terror and the Subjection of Cadets
- Chapter Four <i>Aurora colonialis</i>: German Imperialism and the Modernity of Slavery
- Chapter Five Embodied Histories: Royal Investiture, Masking, and Remembering
- Chapter Six From Slaves to Free Boys: Cadets' Resistance to Gerontocratic, Colonial, and Postcolonial Authority
- Chapter Seven The Death of Tears: Mortuary Rites and the Indeterminacy of Dance
- Chapter Eight Dancing Death: Memorial Celebrations, the Politics of Ritual Laughter, and the Embodied Memories of Youth
- Chapter Nine Histories of the Present, Histories of the Future
- Reference List
- The Intestines of the State
- University of Chicago Press
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