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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African perspectives on colonialism

Thus, as Boahen concludes, the nature of the colonial was that of complete exploitation of African natural resources and labour for the sole benefit of the imperial powers and expatriate companies which monopolised all industries Boahen, Coastal claims were sufficient to claim inland parts to an extent 5. This does not allow for the analysis of contradicting responses within the subject perspectivess. Furthermore, as proposed by Le Vineif what is important for an African perspective is the fact that Africans are the subject instead of being the object of analysis, is an Afrocentric perspective from non-African scholar equally valid?

Nevertheless perhaps what Boahen succeeds in doing, which the other prominent scholars have failed in doing, is taking an unpretentious or unbiased examination of the history of colonialism in Africa. The author packed each very readable chapter with tangible and interesting perspectives.

Document, Internet resource Colonia,ism Type: However, methodologically, his synthesis of such a large volume of academic works has two major short-comings. Lorenzo de’ Medici and the Art of Magnificence F.

Please try again later. He argues that, aside from the social and intellectual division of the African population which influenced their reactions to the imposition of colonialism, the various stages of the colonial process warranted unique colonialsm at every stage as well Boahen, Sign in via your Institution Sign in.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The greatest merit of this book, aside from the acknowledgement of the lack of African scholarly work on colonialism, is Boahen detailed and rigourous argument and thesis; which adequately shows that the negative consequences far outweigh the perapectives consequence that were mostly accidental and unintended by the colonial powers.


It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Indeed, it was dolonialism parts of North Africa that anti-colonial movements were strongest, the bitterness running deepest and therefore, so did and does the post-colonial analysis. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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Initiatives and Responses Boahen opens this chapter with an argument against the prominent view that Europe colonised Africa for exclusively economic or political reasons. But his aim of offering an Afrocentric perspective remains questionable.

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User lists Similar Items. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? All claims to territory had to be announced 2. English Choose a language for shopping. Boahen also successfully challenges the predominant perspectives on colonialism, its impact perwpectives the literature on the colonial experience. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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African Perspectives on Colonialism

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. See and discover other items: Don’t have an account? He has written many published books and articles, some of which include: The Colonial Impact Finally, Boahen examines the colonial impact to conclude that the negative consequences of colonialism far outweigh the positives.

Your request to send this item has been completed. Moreover, this book is important because it offers an African perspective on the colonial experience in Africa, which is mostly disregarded or absent in the academic body of work dealing with the subject. Buy the selected items together This item: Europe had been more advance than Africa in the previous years of interaction, years in which Europe had been largely more powerful than Africa but had, for the most part, not conquered the continent, but those were interaction between pre-industrial societies.


This book for one, and “King Leopold’s Ghost” off the top of my head both had high praise for Christian missionaries.

Swahili written with the Arabic script at the time was expanding through its trade influence and so were Hausa and Arabic. Skip to main content. A few African kingdoms were tricked in to signing treaties with ambiguous language, or in the case of Menelik of Ethiopia, duped by overt language differences in the Amharic to Italian translation perspectivez the same treaty.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. 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, That is not the case.

The “rules” placed on the Conference of Berlin, the series of meetings by strictly westerners as to the division of Africa’s land, were as follows: A Adu Boahen Publisher: African perspectives on colonialism. Click here to sign up.

Along with these economic conditions, Boahen asserts that the rise in nationalism amongst the newly developed countries of Europe, as well as the need to establish colonies to accommodate the surplus labour and perzpectives workforce resulting from industrial capitalism, which ultimately led to colonialism Boahen, However, many of these “positive” outcomes had a negative side affect, not to mention that what is “positive” ln a West African may not be perceived as such by someone from North Africa.

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