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Economic and Political Integration 1850–1920

  • Ellen HillbomEmail author
  • Erik Green
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Abstract

In 1850 most parts of Africa was untouched by foreign conquest. Fifty years later almost the entire continent had been colonized by European powers. Although colonization market a significant political break, Hillbom and Green show that from the point of view of writing economic and social history, 1850 to 1920 was also a period marked by significant continuity. Based on the production of raw materials and agricultural products, the continent was already on a path to further integration into the world economy. There were both winners and losers from these processes of change, but in general it was African agency and pre-colonial legacies that drove much of the developments in the late pre-colonial and early colonial eras.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Lund UniversityLundSweden

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