Being Colonized: The Kuba Experience In Rural Congo, 1880-1960

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$25.34
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $4.83
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 82%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $4.83   
  • New (5) from $19.38   
  • Used (10) from $4.83   

Overview

Highlighting a region in central Congo, in the center of sub-Saharan Africa, Being Colonized places Africans at the heart of the story. In a richly textured history that will appeal to general readers and students as well as to scholars, the distinguished historian Jan Vansina offers not just accounts of colonial administrators, missionaries, and traders, but the varied voices of a colonized people. Vansina uncovers the history revealed in local news, customs, gossip, and even dreams, as related by African villagers through archival documents, material culture, and oral interviews.

Vansina's case study of the colonial experience is the realm of Kuba, a kingdom in Congo about the size of New Jersey—and two-thirds the size of its colonial master, Belgium. The experience of its inhabitants is the story of colonialism, from its earliest manifestations to its tumultuous end. What happened in Kuba happened to varying degrees throughout Africa and other colonized regions: racism, economic exploitation, indirect rule, Christian conversion, modernization, disease and healing, and transformations in gender relations. The Kuba, like others, took their own active part in history, responding to the changes and calamities that colonization set in motion. Vansina follows the region's inhabitants from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century, when a new elite emerged on the eve of Congo's dramatic passage to independence.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A stunning achievement. Drawing on his years of research, Vansina reveals an ever-changing kaleidoscope of interactions between colonizers and colonized. This is colonial history firmly grounded in the thoughts and daily experiences of Africans. It will forever alter the way we think about the colonial period in Africa.”—Robert Harms, Yale University

“The book is also notable for its reliance on primary sources from the time itself--common with histories of American, European or Asian cultures, but exceptional in African history. Using the rigorous documentation of his own experiences, Vansina aimed to write something radically different than the texts usually used by undergraduates. The resulting approach speaks to both intellect and imagination.”--Susannah Brooks, Wisconsin Week

“This may be Vansina’s best book yet. . . . He has trodden the Kuba ground, talked to the people, and collected data for a half century, giving the book greater intimacy and authority than anything else he has written. . . .In African historiography we are all Vansina’s students, even when we argue with him. Being Colonized is written with the assurance of a master.”—Wyatt MacGaffey, Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299236441
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Series: Africa and the Diaspora Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,431,946
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Vansina, now emeritus, held the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professorship and the Vilas Professorship in History and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His many books include his memoir Living with Africa, as well as Oral Tradition as History, Antecedents to Rwanda, Kingdoms of the Savanna, The Children of Woot, and Paths in the Rainforests, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Considered one of the founders of the academic field of African studies, he was the second scholar chosen as “Distinguished Africanist” by the African Studies Association of the United States.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

A Note on Spelling and Pronunciation xi

Introduction 3

1 Congo: Becoming a Colony 10

2 The Colonial Relationship 35

3 Incidental Conquest 58

4 Company Rule and Its Consequences 86

5 Were the Kuba Nearly Wiped Out? 127

6 Fifty Years of Belgian Rule: An Overview 150

7 A Kingdom Preserved 178

8 Village Life: 1911-1950s 214

9 In Pursuit of Harmony 244

10 Visions for a Different Future 271

11 Toward a New World 298

Conclusion: the Experience of Being Colonized 325

Index 333

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)