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Colonial Africa


Dennis Laumann

Publication Date - August 2012

ISBN: 9780199796397

112 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $16.95

The African World Histories series enriches the study of African history by providing an indigenous, problems-based perspective on the past


Colonial Africa, 1884-1994, presents a balanced, accessible, and comprehensive overview of how Africans experienced European colonial rule. This brief and affordable text is organized in a "layered" approach that gives students a deeper insight into the ways in which Africans experienced colonialism and looks at how they understood the world in which they lived during this period. The book provides both a continental overview and specific regional examples, exploring the period in a thematic and chronological way. Each chapter ends with a short list of works cited and suggestions for further reading. Colonial Africa, 1884-1994, concludes with contemplations on the legacy of colonialism by Africans themselves, ranging from Nigerian musician Fela to the Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Muta Maathai.

About the Author(s)

Dennis Laumann is associate professor of history at the University of Memphis. The author of the forthcoming Remembering the Germans in Ghana and other publications on West African history, Laumann received his doctorate from UCLA in 1999. He is president of the Ghana Studies Association and a Fulbright Scholar. He also is the recipient of numerous teaching honors, including the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation's Excellence in Teaching Award.


"This is a perfect text to introduce undergraduate students to the history of European colonialism in Africa. It combines topical breadth with lucid analysis, well informed by recent scholarship."--Maxim Matusevich, Seton Hall University

"I found Colonial Africa to be very well-thought and executed. Its main strength is that it presents the topic of colonialism both as a historical event to be examined, and as a historiographical debate that has occupied historians for quite some time. It offers a solid and accessible introduction to the history and historiography of colonialism in Africa."--Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia, Montclair State University

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1: Economics
    Abolition and "legitimate commerce"
    Informal colonialism
    Scramble for Africa
    Colonial economy
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 2: Administration
    District Officers, Intermediaries, and Missionaries
    Models of colonial rule
    Identity and politics
    Comparative colonialism
    Settler colonies
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 3: Violence
    Conquest and resistance
    Uprisings and atrocities
    World Wars
    Armed liberation struggles
    Suggested readings

    Chapter 4: Liberation
    Second World War impact
    South Africa
    Suggested Readings


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