How did Africans resist European colonialism?
Second edition. December 2019.
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In the late nineteenth century, European powers claimed the African continent for themselves. Under the guise of a humanitarian mission, European leaders and businesses exploited African natural resources and people to fuel European economic development. But Africans did not submit to outside control willingly. In fact, African resistance continued throughout the colonial period, culminating in the independence movements of the mid-twentieth century. Colonization and Independence in Africa examines four case studies of colonization and resistance: Ghana, Algeria, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The unit is divided into three parts. Each part includes:
- Student readings
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