A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present (Blackwell by Richard J. Reid

By Richard J. Reid

Up-to-date and revised to emphasize long term views on present matters dealing with the continent, the recent 2<sup>nd</sup> version of A historical past of contemporary Africa recounts the entire breadth of Africa's political, fiscal, and social heritage during the last centuries.
* Adopts a long term method of present matters, stressing the significance of nineteenth-century and deeper indigenous dynamics in explaining Africa's later twentieth-century challenges
* locations a better specialize in African company, particularly throughout the colonial encounter
* contains extra in-depth assurance of non-Anglophone Africa
* deals improved insurance of the post-colonial period to take account of contemporary advancements, together with the clash in Darfur and the political unrest of 2011 in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya

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Indebtedness among African producers increased, with many coastal traders dependent on the credit advanced by European merchants; violence was often used to recover debts. To Europeans, moreover, over-powerful and ambitious African middlemen were becoming obstacles to the flow of trade and the realization of profit. Gradually, but with increasing frequency in the second half of the century, European traders – sometimes with the official backing of their governments – began to penetrate beyond the coast into the hinterland in an effort to bypass middlemen and buy direct from producers.

The themes of local entrepreneurship and the fluidity of identities are most dramatically manifest in the Nyamwezi, who did not exist as a “people” before the commercial and political dynamics of the mid-nineteenth century. ” As the nineteenth century dawned, the Nyamwezi had already developed trade routes which linked Buganda at the north end of Lake Victoria, Katanga to the south, and Zanzibar at the coast; they dominated this commercial network until the middle decades of the nineteenth century, when coastal traders began to penetrate the interior with their own caravans, discussed above.

The area of what would become the British Gold Coast colony thus provides a good example of “creeping imperialism,” the term used to describe the piecemeal process by which European governments sometimes found themselves inextricably caught up in local politics. The British fought a series of wars with Asante through the nineteenth century, conflicts which were usually sparked by an Asante invasion of the coastal districts. The British government was reluctant, however, to extend responsibility over the coastal forts, as in the 1820s, when following a brief period of colonial administration it withdrew, considering such responsibility expensive and troublesome.

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