Precolonial and Post Colonial Africa

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  • Precolonial and Postcolonial Africa
    • Environment as driver of political organisation
      • Non hedgmonic confederacies
      • Plenty of land
      • Kinship > individualism
      • Living without state: great European unthinkable!
      • War: assimilation not annihalition
    • Colonialism
      • 14th Century: Dutch Portugese exploration French Portugese civilising mission
      • 17th Century: Scramble for Africa Berlin Conference 1885 Commerical Companies
      • 18th Cent: 1910 State system covered most territory. Post ww2 Pressure for independence
      • Strategies
        • Indirect Rule: Britain
          • Assimilation: France 'wider france'
      • Supported othering of Africa
        • Overdetermined importance of colonial encounter for Africa
        • Supports modernist account of the West: Moderntiy replaces tradition
    • Revisionist Histories
      • Continuities of state in pre, colonial and post colonial africa
      • Invention of tradition
        • Mamdani, Ranger, Berman
      • Herbst: Continuing difficultiy of geography
      • African Agency: collaboration and innovation
        • Lonsdale, Vaughn.
      • Emphasis on diversity of outcome
        • Larmer/ African Biographies
  • Environment as driver of political organisation
    • Non hedgmonic confederacies
    • Plenty of land
    • Kinship > individualism
    • Living without state: great European unthinkable!
    • War: assimilation not annihalition
  • 18th Cent: 1910 State system covered most territory. Post ww2 Pressure for independence
  • Strategies
    • Indirect Rule: Britain
      • Assimilation: France 'wider france'

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