African Perspectives on Colonialism by A. Adu Boahen

By A. Adu Boahen

This background offers with the twenty-year interval among 1880 and 1900, whilst nearly all of Africa used to be seized and occupied through the Imperial Powers of Europe. Eurocentric issues of view have ruled the research of this period, yet during this publication, considered one of Africa’s top historians reinterprets the colonial stories from the point of view of the colonized.

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As Macridis and Brown21 points out, consensus is never universal in complex societies; rather the very openness of communications in democratic regimes permits dissident elements ample opportunity to clash with each other, and with the government. For the new state, the urge to democratize must also be seen in light of the domestic capacity to exercise social control amid the evolving pattern of political engagement. 22 We can also explore the nature and capability of a state in terms of the extent and scope of its involvement in society’s affairs.

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