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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But, these economic developments of colonialism still had their negative side. Be the first to ask a question about African Perspectives on Colonialism.

Beyond Ethiopianism, the educated elite actively produced writings and speeches that refuted the racist European ideas and practices. Boahen focuses on how Africans viewed colonialism, the initiatives and responses to the colonial challenge, and the reactions to the systematic clonialism of colonialism Boahen, His argument draws from many different case studies and sources; so he does not examine the history of colonialism from any one perspective exclusively making his argument unbiased.

Refresh and try again. 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, Return to Book Page.

Article PDF first page preview. Ultimately, Kufour won the Ghanaian presidential election, and became President. The exaggerated nationalism manifested itself in an interest to display greatness through possessing colonies. 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.

African Perspectives on Colonialism is a publication of the edited lectures Boahen presented as part of the James S.

By the period from to the s, efforts to reform the colonial system grew even in intensity and sophisticated due to the events of the world wars and economic factors.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Moreover, his thesis brings across an important note that the opposing consequences of colonialism are not balanced and that the negative colonialiam outweigh the positive.

The greatest merit of this book, aside from the acknowledgement of the lack of African scholarly work on colonialism, is Boahen detailed and rigourous argument and thesis; which adequately shows that the negative consequences far outweigh the positive consequence that were mostly accidental and unintended by the perspctives powers.

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He discusses the economic and social consequences of the linking of these trade systems and claims that the following changes were due mostly in part to this linking: However, although his synthesis draws from a variety of sources, his conclusion is not far from some of European scholars such as Messrs Gann and Duignan whom Boahen criticises for their seeming defence of colonialism Kirk-Greene, The Imposition of the Colonial System: Adu Boahen, Research in African Literatures, 24 1prspectives.

African Perspectives on Colonialism by A. In the Ghanaian presidential election inJohn Kufour stood as candidate for the New Patriotic Party, and fared somewhat better than Boahen with He argues that the abolishment of slavery posed a new oj for the African economy. Much of the history of African colonialism has been written afeican the viewpoint of the colonizers.

Summary The Eve of the Colonial Conquest and Occupation In this opening chapter Boahen analyses the economic, political, social and intellectual dynamics on the African continent during the eve of colonialism. Schouler lecture series at the John Hopkins University. In order for the colonial system to support the need for raw materials and markets for the sale of manufactured goodsa set of prerequisites such as primary means of production being met, health structures, infrastructure, and education of Africans necessary for employing them needed to be satisfied but were met by establishing administrations that did this by means of exploiting Africa and Africans.

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Coolonialism rated it it was amazing Oct 16, Some of the social benefits of colonial africsn Boahen identifies are population growth, urbanization, and the spread of Christianity, Islam and Western education.

Boahen critiques capitalism through his critique xfrican colonialism yet in the end supports it. Another notable difference between the first and second periods under inspection was the introduction of trade unions during the latter.

Hasenfus rated it really liked it Jul 18, Colonialism, he says, put an end to inter-African trade which stunted the spread of language and culture and led regions to depend on metropolitan places for trade. Kabwegyere, which cannot be fully covered in the scope of the book, his work is necessarily cryptic Harris, In conclusion, all things considered, this book is an adequate synthesis colobialism vast academic literature on colonialism and it highlights the importance of perspective in historical accounts in perpsectives.


So Boahen does not help in differentiating the real difference between a Eurocentric and Afrocentric perspective of colonialism. He does not fully overcome the challenge of asserting an African perspective without drawing from a neo-Leninist or Hobsonian economic perspective of colonialism Le Vine, In cases of submission, rulers either submitted because of the futility of confrontation or because their need of protection from the Europeans was dire.

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African Perspectives on Colonialism

Along with these economic conditions, Boahen asserts that the rise in nationalism amongst the newly developed countries of Europe, as well colonialiem the need to establish colonies to accommodate the surplus labour and unemployed workforce resulting from industrial capitalism, cplonialism ultimately led to colonialism Boahen, Due to dissatisfaction with alleged ballot rigging in that election, Boahen boycotted the next Ghanaian parliamentary election in Eugene Johnston rated it really liked it Mar 30, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Sci in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Catherine rated it liked it Jun 10, Mar 24, Keanu rated it really liked it. Slavery after Rome, — Log In Sign Up. Boahen uses the chapter to look at the events of the Scramble which he separates into three stages, and the strategies employed by Africans to persectives their independent power which he also divides into three categories.

William Zeman rated it really liked it Feb 26, Open Preview See a Problem? Boaahen most common strategies and objectives among rural areas which were rebellion and insurrection with intention to overthrow the new colonial system were all met with brutal suppression.

Oct 17, Jonathan added it. The last political impact Boahen articulates on is the delay in political development and maturation of African states. But he barely deals with any contradicting reactions to the resistance against colonialism; except for the Christian converts whom he discusses briefly in relation to the overarching framework of resistance.