This history deals with the twenty-year period between and , when virtually all of Africa was seized and occupied by the Imperial Powers of Europe. African Perspectives on Colonialism, by Albert Adu Boahen. The John Hopkins University Press: Baltlimore, pages. Reviewed by Siyaduma Biniza*. African Perspectives on Colonialism. A. Adu Boahen. This history deals with the twenty-year period between and , when virtually all of Africa was.

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WorldCat is the world’s largest cllonialism catalog, helping you find library materials online. Furthermore, the concentration of cash crops and exploitation of raw materials neglected the internal economy of colonies, afriican in the production of food for domestic consumption, resulting in heavy reliance on imports from the metropolitan states leading to the demise of inter-African trade Boahen, Among the more interesting revelations are the extent to which Western African Kings were angered by the end of the slave trade–it was their main source of external income, but also the extent to which much of Africa was on the upswing, recovering from the slave trade, and engaged in political and social reform, on the eve of colonialism.

And he asserts that missionaries and the spread of Christianity brought about religious pluralism and ideas that polarised many of the populations which lead to considerable social ccolonialism Boahen, African Perspectives on Colonialism.

The John Cllonialism University Press: He does not fully overcome the challenge of asserting an African perspective without drawing from a neo-Leninist or Hobsonian economic perspective of colonialism Le Vine, Colonies — Afrique — Histoire.

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Boahen also successfully challenges the predominant perspectives on colonialism, its impact and the literature on the colonial experience. Please verify that you are not a robot.


Great for any one wanting to learn modern African history. Initiatives and Responses Boahen opens this chapter with an argument against the prominent view that Europe colonised Africa for exclusively economic or political reasons. Advanced Search Find a Library.

African Perspectives on Colonialism

The former mentions the importance of missionary schools spreading western education and the latter described the missionaries as one of the few voices for human rights in the Congo. Very informative, just how I like my books. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.

Citations are based on reference standards. As Boahen explains there were many independent and growing kingdoms, at least two of them with large armies prior to the colonial era. Boahen focuses on how Africans viewed colonialism, the initiatives and responses to the colonial challenge, and the reactions to the systematic contradictions of colonialism Boahen, To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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Africa — Colonial influence — History. In addition, the monetary policies in the colonies meant that they were deeply entrenched in an economic imperialism which encouraged all expatriate companies and banks to repatriate surplus capital to metropolitan states instead of reinvesting in the colonies Boahen, Johns Hopkins symposia in comparative history15th.

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Finding libraries that hold this item Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. African Perspectives on Colonialism. Socially, the era of colonialism encouraged merit over birth right which in turn would encourage development.

Remember me on this computer. He makes prudent use of sources and case studies making a well-structured and concise yet in- depth survey of African history to back his argument. Document, Internet resource Document Type: American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. The Colonial Impact Finally, Boahen examines the colonial impact to conclude that the negative consequences of colonialism far outweigh the positives.


The Operation of the Colonial System Since colonialism was largely motivated by economic-driven exploitation of raw materials to catalyse the expansion of capitalism and the European industrialism; most of the colonies were forced to grow one colonialidm two cash crops which resulted in neglecting food production and import-substitution Boahen, Swahili written with the Arabic script at the time was expanding through its trade influence and so were Hausa and Arabic.

He argues that the abolishment of slavery posed a new threat for avrican African economy. However, given collnialism perspective and conclusions of some of the scholars Boahen bases africam argument on; perhaps he should have been more conservative in his use of these sources or drawn from other authors with the same aims as his.

The afrixan begins with the status of Africa in the last quarter of the 19th century and follows through to the first years of African independence. From Colonialism to Independence, to theā€¦ by William H. Boahen, a former professor of history at U Ghana, has a lively writing style and looks unflinchingly at the conditions in Africa on the eve of scramble for Africa, the implementation boahn the colonial project, and colonialism’s ultimate disintegration.

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