Colonial Africa in official statistics, 1821-1953


Tracing the origins and consequences of Christian missionary activities in Africa

Felix Meier zu Selhausen Mar 30 2017

One of the most powerful cultural transformations in Africa’s modern history has been the dramatic expansion of Christianity in the 19th and 20th century (Hastings 1994). While in 1910 the share of Christians in Africa was 9%, by 2010 this share increased to 63% (Pew Research Centre 2015). Initially, Christian diffusion in Africa was facilitated by vast missionary efforts. Mission...

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European settler agriculture and exploitation of local labour in colonial Africa

Erik Green Mar 20 2017

To what extent did the establishment and growth of European settler agriculture depend on repressive colonial policies that allowed the European farmers to exploit local labour? In past and more recent literature it is commonly argued that the existence of so-called extractive institutions were more prominent in African settler colonies than in non-settler colonies (Arrighi 1966, Aceomglu and Robinson 2010,...

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African Blue Books, 1821-1953

Joseph E. Inikori Mar 10 2017

I am working on a labor-intensive project entitled, Transatlantic Slaving and Socioeconomic Development in the Atlantic World: Western Africa, 1450-1900. The main focus of the project is an examination of how the transatlantic slave trade affected the long-run process of socioeconomic development in Western Africa. There is a good amount of literature on this controversial subject, some of which I...

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