TransAfrica Readers’ Corner featuring African Perspectives on Colonialism


TransAfrica Readers’ Corner featuring African Perspectives on Colonialism, by A. Adu-Boahen

The meeting of TransAfrica’s Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library Readers’ Corner will take place on Sunday, February 9, 2014 2:30 to 4:30 PM, featuring the book African Perspectives on Colonialism, by A. Adu-Boahen (1989, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 144pp.).

Venue: Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, NW, Conference Room 2, Washington, DC 20001, (Nearest Metro Station: Shaw-Howard University on Green and Yellow Lines R Street Entrance).

African Perspectives on Colonialism is now in stock at Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14 & V Streets, NW) and discounted 20%, both in the store and online.  The current selection of TransAfrica’s Readers’ Corner will always be discounted at the bookstore from now on.  In the bookstore, there is a pile on the table, with a sign indicating that it is the current selection of TransAfrica’s Readers' Corner - with the date and location of the meeting.  To buy the book online with the 20% discount visit: Paperback.

Publication Description from the Book Back Cover: This history deals with the twenty-year period between 1880 and 1900, when virtually all of Africa was seized and occupied by the Imperial Powers of Europe.  Eurocentric points of view have dominated the study of this era, but in this book, one of Africa's leading historians reinterprets the colonial experiences from the perspective of the colonized.  Boahen divides the process into three phases: partition, occupation, and administration and explores the strategies of opposition and accommodation adopted at each stage by various groups.  He traces the growth of nationalist and Pan-Africanist ideologies, which culminated in the period of revolution and decolonization which began after World War II.

About the Author: A. Adu Boahen (May 24, 1932 – May 24, 2006) was professor of history at the University of Ghana and was the president of the UNESCO International Scientific Committee for the Drafting of a General History of Africa.  He is Ghana's most renowned historian, also noted for both his political activism and international role as a visiting professor to universities throughout the world, and as a consultant to UNESCO. Amongst his many books and papers on modern and colonial history, he is author of the monographs Mfantsipim and the Making of Ghana: A Centenary History 1876-1976, for which he won the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa in 1997.  He was also editor of UNESCO's eight volume History of Africa series. He was the NPP presidential candidate in the 1992 General Election. (Source: Book back cover and GhanaWeb

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