African Perspectives on Colonialism / Edition 1

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This history deals with the twenty-year period between 1880 and 1900, when virtually all of Africa was seized and occupied by the Imperial Powers of Europe. Eurocentric points of view have dominated the study of this era, but in this book, one of Africa’s leading historians reinterprets the colonial experiences from the perspective of the colonized.

Johns Hopkins University Press

"A valuable overview of the colonial period in Africa by one of the most distinguished Afrcian historians. " Philip D. Curtin, The Johns Hopkins University

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Here is the story from the other side; it serves as a needed corrective to the ubiquitous Eurocentric point of view.

Times Literary Supplement

Contradict[s] the extraordinary myth that Africa 'has no history..'Boahen is one of the pioneers in the school of African historiography.


Here is the story from the other side; it serves as a needed corrective to the ubiquitous Eurocentric point of view.

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Here is the story from the other side: it serves as a needed corrective to the ubiquitous Eurocentric point of view....the extraordinary myth...that Africa has no history. THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Boahen's interpretation is not only interesting in itself, but also constitutes a significant document in the intellectual history of Africa, a statement of what Africans in the mid-1980s think about their colonial past. - Philip D. Curtin, The Johns Hopkins University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801839313
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Series: The Johns Hopkins Symposia in Comparative History Series, #15
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 133
  • Sales rank: 415,610
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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    Very Tough Read

    I was required to read this book for an Africa and the World course. I found it extremely hard to read. I am a fairly avid reader and this is so dry and boring. It is worse than a text book. <BR/>The majority of the book is about how all the different European countries (mainly Britain and France) carved up Africa to exploite its people and resources. Boahen also talks about about the different African revolts and rebellions. Also, he talks about the African people's demand for a reformed government and reform in all aspects of everyday African life (education, social organizations, etc...).

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