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African History through Sources


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Introduction; 1. Life before the imperialist scramble; 2. Imperial occupation; 3. Colonialism in the everyday; 4. Race, imperial citizenship, and colonial subjecthood; 5. Colonial subjecthood and popular politics; 6. The undoings of empire; 7. Africa's war for freedom.

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Nancy J. Jacobs assembles varied and non-traditional primary source accounts of both public and private life in Africa under European imperialism.

About the Author

Nancy J. Jacobs is Associate Professor in the department of history at Brown University. She has received two teaching awards from Brown University, one for digital innovations (2004) and the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning (2010). She is the creator of the Animated Atlas of African History, a web visualization of African history from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. She is the author of Environment, Power, and Injustice: A South African History (Cambridge, 2003).


'Jacobs' clear overview and her selection of compelling sources, including photographs, make this a tremendous resource for students. As one student put it, 'Jacobs challenges students to work as historians'.' Allison K. Shutt, Hendrix College, Arkansas
'This volume opens a new window into a familiar but poorly understood era in African history, and it is destined to become a treasured instructional companion in courses on modern African history. The text is a model of how to make African history come alive and speak to us through the oral, written, and visual artifacts of actors and agents in that history.' Moses Ochonu, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
'This is the book we have all been waiting for. Nancy Jacobs has combined the 'textbook' and the 'sourcebook' into one rich, readable volume on Africa's colonial past that will serve teachers, students, and the general public for years to come.' Jamie Monson, MacAlester College, Minnesota

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