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Africans and Britons in the Age of Empires, 1680-1980 is the first textbook that specifically addresses the history of this empire on this continent. Written by two experts in the field, one on British Imperial history and one on African history, the book offers a uniquely balanced look at both the African and British perspectives.
Over seven chapters Susan Kingsley Kent and Myles Osborne cover the whole history of the British Imperial experience in Africa. Starting with the slave trade and abolition, they move through the experience of missionaries and witchdoctors, traders, the scramble for Africa at the end of the 19th century, the economics of imperialism, including the mining for gold and diamonds, the establishment of British administration, and the second colonial administration, leading to decolonization and independence. They end with a chapter on the legacy of colonisation to the present day. Each chapter includes an illustrative vignette giving readers a perspective on lived experience in the British Empire in Africa.
Including maps, illustrations and photographs, with integral internet resources, this is the ideal introduction for any student of Imperial history in Africa.