Portugal And Africa

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The late-medieval Portuguese who arrived in Africa were colonizers in the Roman style, gold merchants on an imperial scale, conquistadores in the Hispanic tradition. Although their empire struggled to survive centuries of Dutch and English competition, it revived in the 20th century on a tide of white migration. Settlers, however, brought racial conflict as well as economic modernization and Portuguese colonies went through spasms of violence which resembled those of Algeria and South Africa. Liberation eventually came but peoples of the old colonial cities clung tightly to their acquired traditions, eating Portuguese dishes, writing Portuguese poetry, and studying in Portuguese universities.

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Gives an account of the great explorers of the 15th century and looks at the imperial tradition which led Europeans to plunder the natural and human resources of Africa. Looks at Portugal's loss of much of Africa to the Dutch in the 17th century, and its retention of trading harbors in Central Africa, which in the 20th century became the focus of immigrant colonies of white settlers. Discusses relations between white settlers and their black hosts and the emergence of "colored" communities, and shows how Portuguese cultural traditions and language persisted long after Portugal was forced to abandon its political hold on Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. The author is a professor of modern history at the University of Kent, UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312223199
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/14/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

David Birmingham is Professor of Modern History at the University of Kent.

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Table of Contents

Portugal's Impact on Africa
• Colonizers and the African Iron Age
• The Regimento da Mina
• Early African Trade in Angola
• Traditions, Migrations, and Cannibalism
• Iberian Conquistadores and African Resisters in the Kongo Kingdom
• Angola and the Church
• Joseph Miller's Way to Death
• The Coffee Barons of Cazengo
• Britain and the Ultimatum of 1890
• Colonialism in Angola: Kinyama's Experience
• Youth and War in Angola
• The Twenty-Seventh of May
• Angola Revisited
• Black and White in Angolan Fiction

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