By Myles Osborne,Susan Kingsley Kent
Africans and Britons within the Age of Empires, 1660-1980 tells the tales of the intertwined lives of African and British peoples over greater than 3 centuries. In seven chapters and an epilogue, Myles Osborne and Susan Kingsley Kent discover the characters that comprised the British presence in Africa: the slave investors and slaves, missionaries and explorers, imperialists and miners, farmers, settlers, attorneys, chiefs, prophets, intellectuals, politicians, and infantrymen of all colours.
The authors exhibit that the oft-told narrative of a monolithic imperial strength ruling inexorably over passive African sufferers now not stands scrutiny; really, at each flip, Africans and Britons interacted with each other in a fancy set of relationships that concerned as a lot cooperation and negotiation as resistance and strength, no matter if throughout the period of the slave alternate, the area wars, or the interval of decolonization. The British presence provoked a variety of responses, reactions, and modifications in quite a few elements of African lifestyles; yet while, the event of empire in Africa – and its final cave in – additionally pressured the British to view themselves and their empire in new methods.
Written through an Africanist and a historian of imperial Britain and illustrated with maps and pictures, Africans and Britons within the Age of Empires, 1660-1980 provides a uniquely wealthy standpoint for knowing either African and British history.
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