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Africans and Britons in the Age of Empires 1660-1980 (Paperback) (Myles Osborne & Susan Kingsley Kent)
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Africans and Britons in the Age of Empires, 1660-1980 tells the stories of the intertwined lives of African and British peoples over more than three centuries. In seven chapters and an epilogue, Myles Osborne and Susan Kingsley Kent explore the characters that comprised the British presence in Africa: the slave traders and slaves, missionaries and explorers, imperialists and miners, farmers, settlers, lawyers, chiefs, prophets, intellectuals, politicians, and soldiers of all colors.
The authors show that the oft-told narrative of a monolithic imperial power ruling inexorably over passive African victims no longer stands scrutiny; rather, at every turn, Africans and Britons interacted with one another in a complex set of relationships that involved as much cooperation and negotiation as resistance and force, whether during the era of the slave trade, the world wars, or the period of decolonization. The British presence provoked a wide range of responses, reactions, and transformations in various aspects of African life; but at the same time, the experience of empire in Africa – and its ultimate collapse – also compelled the British to view themselves and their empire in new ways.
Written by an Africanist and a historian of imperial Britain and illustrated with maps and photographs,Africans and Britons in the Age of Empires, 1660-1980 provides a uniquely rich perspective for understanding both African and British history.
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.