The Cambridge History of Africa, Volume 6

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J. D. Fage, Roland Oliver, G. N. Sanderson
Cambridge University Press, Sep 5, 1985 - History - 974 pages
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Volume VI of The Cambridge History of Africa covers the period 1870-1905, when the European powers (Britain, France, Germany, Portugal and Italy) divided the continent into colonial territories and vied with each other for control over vast tracts of land and valuable mineral resources. At the same time, it was a period during which much of Africa still had a history of its own. Colonial governments were very weak and could exist only by playing a large part both in opening up the continent to outside influences and in building larger political unities. The volume begins with a survey of the whole of Africa on the eve of the paper partition, and continues with nine regional surveys of events as they occured on the ground. Only in northern and southern Africa did these develop into classical colonial forms, with basis of outright conquest. Elsewhere, compromises emerged and most Africans were able to pursue the politics of survival. Partition was a process, not an event. The process was essentially one of modernisation in the face of outside challenge.
 

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Contents

Introduction I
1
Africa on the eve of partition
10
B South of the equator
61
SwahiliArabs
70
Origins
96
North Africa
159
Tunisia
171
Morocco
187
Southern Africa 18671886
359
Southern and Central Africa 18861910
422
The colonial presence north of
448
Republic
472
The construction of the modern South
481
Portuguese colonies and Madagascar
493
B Madagascar and France 18701905
521
insurrection 189496
529

The Saharan regions
204
From Sierra Leone to the Bandama
223
From the Volta to the Niger
231
From the upper Niger to the upper
238
From the upper Senegal to the middle
245
Western Africa 18861905
257
Western Equatorial Africa
298
B King Leopolds Congo 18861908
315
Vansina
327
East Africa 18701905
539
Towards a climax of Western penetration
561
The initial colonial experience
567
Subimperialism and colonial hierarchies
579
Towards a colonial economy
585
The Nile basin and the eastern Horn 18701908
592
The European scramble and conquest
680
bihliographical essays
895
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