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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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This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Sign In Forgot password? So while anti-colonial movements were interested largely in reforms first off, they transitioned to outright independence bozhen WWII.

A western liberal education may also not fit as a “positive” element of colonialism in light of a more conservative Muslim society, not to mention the clash of religious teachings. Critical Review Boahen is quite successful at reaching what he sets out to do in his thesis. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Above all, he notes, Hillaire Belloc, correctly assessed the situation with his celebrated couplet that “”Whatever happens we have got, The maxim-gun and they have not.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Boahen mentions a few other positives of colonialism in addition to the spread of western education and a common language. The author packed each very readable chapter with tangible and interesting perspectives. Retrieved August 14,from http: A Adu Boahen Find more information about: This history deals with the twenty-year period between andwhen virtually all of Africa was seized and occupied by the Imperial Powers of Europe.

African Perspectives on Colonialism

In addition, Boahen considers the unintended creation of African nationalism, economic expansion and infrastructural development of colonies amongst some of the contentious positives of colonialism Boahen, You already recently rated this item. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.


However, many of these “positive” outcomes had a negative side affect, not to mention that what is “positive” to a West African may not be perceived as such by someone from North Africa. Showing of 8 reviews.

Thus his perspective heavily undermined by the dominant academic body of work that grounds his synthesis. Saint Jerome in the Renaissance Eugene F. From Colonialism to Independence, to the Present. Skip to main content.

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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 blahen industries Boahen, A Documentary History, Vol. The Colonial Impact Finally, Boahen examines the colonial impact to conclude that the negative consequences of colonialism far outweigh the positives.

Initiatives and Responses Boahen opens this chapter with an argument against the prominent view that Europe colonised Africa for exclusively economic or political reasons. Don’t have an account? Freedom of movement for all on the Congo and Niger rivers. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Having sat through dozens of college and graduate level lectures on the colonial era in Africa, I have been surprised to read contradictory impressions of specifically, the missionary missions.

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On the other hand, the biggest criticism, and rightly so, of any and all colonial efforts was the biased and horribly inadequate investment into Africa’s infrastructure.

Some groups took to arms while others fashioned clubs and political organizations aptly appealing through diplomatic channels and processes with all due respect to the colonial ruler, for much needed reforms. This does not allow for the analysis of contradicting responses within the subject population. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. This highlights the questionable notion that, as an African scholar, his view is distinctly African.


A Social and Political History. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Firstly, his synthesis relies heavily on the concept of resistance as an analytical framework in his analysis of colonialism Ferguson, Please verify that you are not a robot. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Preview this item Preview this item.

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African Perspectives on Colonialism

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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a boaheh link. You could not be signed in. Moreover, his thesis brings across an important note that the opposing consequences of colonialism are not balanced and that the negative consequences outweigh the positive.