Agency and Action in Colonial Africa

Essays for John E. Flint

  • Chris Youé
  • Tim Stapleton

About this book


The coming of colonialism to Subsaharan Africa generated many forces that historians often describe in abstract terms: peasantization, leadership, nationalism and even colonialism. Such terms often hide or overwhelm the individual experiences of those who, in some way, contributed to the development and demise of colonial Africa. These 'agents' of empire - intellectuals and peasants, chiefs and ex-slaves, nationalists and colonial officials - symbolise the ambiguities of and limitations on colonial power. Agency and Action in Colonial Africa attempts to capture their role.


Africa African chronology cold war colonialism empire experience history individual knowledge Nigeria peasant policy slavery slaves

Editors and affiliations

  • Chris Youé
    • 1
  • Tim Stapleton
    • 2
  1. 1.Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt John’sCanada
  2. 2.Trent UniversityPeterboroughCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-41796-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-28848-5
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