This history deals with the twenty-year period between and , when virtually all of Africa was seized and occupied by the Imperial Powers of Europe. Colonialism Appraised – African Perspectives on Colonialism. By A. Adu Boahen. Baltimore and London:Johns Hopkins Press, Pp. viii + £ African Perspectives on Colonialism. A. Adu Boahen. This history deals with the twenty-year period between and , when virtually all of Africa was.
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Thus, as Boahen concludes, the nature of the colonial was that of complete exploitation of African natural resources and labour for the sole benefit of the imperial powers and expatriate companies which monopolised all industries Boahen, Refresh and try again.
Some of the social benefits of colonial impact Boahen identifies are population growth, urbanization, and the spread of Christianity, Islam and Western education.
African Perspectives on Colonialism
You do not currently have access to this article. Furthermore, Africa benefited from the introduction of bureaucratic and judicial institutions and hospitals; although these were solely created to benefit expatriate settlers in the colonies Boahen, Beyond Ethiopianism, the educated elite actively produced writings and speeches that refuted the racist European ideas and practices. Email alerts New issue alert. The Operation of the Colonial System Since colonialism was largely motivated by economic-driven exploitation of raw materials to catalyse the expansion of capitalism and the European industrialism; most of the colonies were forced to grow one or two cash crops which resulted in neglecting food production and import-substitution Boahen, Be that as it may, Boahen agrees that the most significant and decisive factor force leading to the Scramble was economic.
But, these economic developments of colonialism still had their negative side. He argues that, aside from the social and bohaen division of the African population which influenced their reactions to the imposition of colonialism, the various stages of the colonial perspectivss warranted unique reactions at every stage as well Boahen, He chaired the Department of History there from toas the first African to do so, and was a dean from to Kabwegyere, which cannot be fully covered in the scope of the book, his work is necessarily cryptic Harris, New information, for me.
He attended religious schools between and Remember me on this computer. I’m excited to be learning more about the history of Africa and its interactions with the rest of the world.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. The third positive political impact of colonialism that Boahen lists is the introduction of a new bureaucracy of civil servants and judicial system which he notes boahem remained intact in the African states.
According to Boahen, it was the social field that saw the more revolutionary changes and it was religion that was changing the most. Acrican Boahen, Research in African Literatures, 24 1pp. Modernization was seen in the use of new technologies, in militaries and in experimentation in the constitutional field. Skip to main content.
African Perspectives on Colonialism by A. Adu Boahen
Paperbackpages. Lists with This Book. Nevertheless perhaps what Boahen succeeds in doing, which the other prominent scholars have failed in doing, is taking an unpretentious or unbiased examination of the history of colonialism in Africa. He also argues that the colonial system led to delayed developments in industry and technology.
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To attain these goals, they utilized literary media, petitions, and sometimes strikes or boycotts. Boahen asserts that the illiterate and traditional rulers from the rural areas had different reactions to the actions of the colonial system during the first indicated period, in terms of objectives and strategies, than those of the urban populations and educated elite.
In the Ghanaian presidential election inJohn Kufour stood as candidate for the New Patriotic Party, and fared somewhat better than Boahen with Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.
In addition, the monetary policies in the colonies meant that they were deeply entrenched in an economic imperialism which encouraged all expatriate companies and banks to repatriate surplus capital to metropolitan states instead of reinvesting in the colonies Boahen, He considers the resulting peace and order that followed the periods of immense violence which came with the imposition as a positive Boahen, But this does not say much about what Boahen considers to be integral in an Afro- centric perspective, even though it expresses who Boahen considers valid in this regard Le Vine, Their accommodating attitudes were consequences of African rulers being treated as equals of the Europeans, the fact that a lot of African rulers required protection and assistance against rivals or other European powers, and the reality of Africans being misled into agreement with the treaties by means of clauses and implications that were not elucidated to them.
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African Perspectives on Colonialism
Ethiopianism was a movement to start churches that were run by Africans themselves and fit with their own culture and traditions. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.
Feb 04, Andrew rated it it was amazing Shelves: For this experimentation in the constitutional field, Boahen exemplifies the Fante Confederation and comments on the objects of the confederation as outlined in its constitution. In February he publicly lectured on the history of Ghana from to African Perspectives on Colonialism, Africa, 61 1pp.
Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. You could not be signed in. Boahen’s academic work crossed over into politics. A fantastic read with a perspective that few trouble themselves to take, despite the easy fluency of postcolonial theory. Initiatives and Responses Boahen opens this chapter with an argument against the prominent view that Aftican colonised Africa for exclusively economic or political reasons.