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African Perspectives on Colonialism (The Johns Hopkins Symposia in Comparative History)

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Packed with interesting insights and free of bitterness

By C P Slayton - May 11, 2013

The title of the book "African Perspectives" reflects exactly the content. The author, A. Adu Boahen further presents these perspectives in a balanced manner absent overbearing bitterness or spite common to colonial era studies. The author begins with the status of Africa in the last quarter of the 19th century and follows through to the first years of African independence.

I can recap a few of the author's main points by posing a historical counterfactual. What would Africa have looked like without the shackles of colonialism? As Boahen explains there were many independent and growing kingdoms, at least two of them with large armies prior to the colonial era. Swahili (written with the Arabic script at the time) was expanding through its trade influence and so were Hausa and Arabic. Many African communities could depend on their own indigenously produced products to include cloths and other necessities. Seeing the end of the slave trade, many African communities were... read more

Great Book

By lvamzn - January 28, 2012

If you want to learn about a brief unbiased history of Africa, this is the book to read. Great book!

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