By Myles Osborne
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 shades.
The authors express that the oft-told narrative of a monolithic imperial energy ruling inexorably over passive African sufferers 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, even if in the course of the period of the slave alternate, the realm wars, or the interval of decolonization. The British presence provoked a variety of responses, reactions, and changes in a variety of elements of African existence; yet whilst, the adventure of empire in Africa – and its final cave in – additionally forced the British to view themselves and their empire in new methods.
Written by way of an Africanist and a historian of imperial Britain and illustrated with maps and images, Africans and Britons within the Age of Empires, 1660-1980 provides a uniquely wealthy point of view for figuring out either African and British history.
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