How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa

Author: Olufemi Taiwo
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253221307
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Based on the idea that Africa was already becoming modern before being derailed by colonialism, the author insists that Africa can get back on track and advocates a renewed engagement with modernity. Tools toward shaping a positive future for Africa are immigration, capitalism, democracy, and globalization.

How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa

Author: Olúfémi Táíwò
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253003970
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Why hasn't Africa been able to respond to the challenges of modernity and globalization? Going against the conventional wisdom that colonialism brought modernity to Africa, Olúfémi Táíwò claims that Africa was already becoming modern and that colonialism was an unfinished project. Africans aspired to liberal democracy and the rule of law, but colonial officials aborted those efforts when they established indirect rule in the service of the European powers. Táíwò looks closely at modern institutions, such as church missionary societies, to recognize African agency and the impulse toward progress. He insists that Africa can get back on track and advocates a renewed engagement with modernity. Immigration, capitalism, democracy, and globalization, if done right this time, can be tools that shape a positive future for Africa.

Africa Must Be Modern

Author: Olúfémi Táíwò
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253012783
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In a forthright and uncompromising manner, Olúfémi Táíwò explores Africa’s hostility toward modernity and how that hostility has impeded economic development and social and political transformation. What has to change for Africa to be able to respond to the challenges of modernity and globalization? Táíwò insists that Africa can renew itself only by fully engaging with democracy and capitalism and by mining its untapped intellectual resources. While many may not agree with Táíwò’s positions, they will be unable to ignore what he says. This is a bold exhortation for Africa to come into the 21st century.

Writing African History

Author: John Edward Philips
Publisher: University Rochester Press
ISBN: 9781580462563
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A comprehensive evaluation of how to read African history.

The History of Ethiopia

Author: Saheed A. Adejumobi
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313322730
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This up-to-date historical narrative traces Ethiopia's history from antiquity to the present day.

The Colonizer s Model of the World

Author: J. M. Blaut
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1462505600
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This influential book challenges one of the most pervasive and powerful beliefs of our time--that Europe rose to modernity and world dominance due to unique qualities of race, environment, culture, mind, or spirit, and that progress for the rest of the world resulted from the diffusion of European civilization. J. M. Blaut persuasively argues that this doctrine is not grounded in the facts of history and geography, but in the ideology of colonialism. Blaut traces the colonizer's model of the world from its 16th-century origins to its present form in theories of economic development, modernization, and new world order.

For Women and the Nation

Author: Cheryl Johnson-Odim
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252066139
Format: PDF
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Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a Nigerian feminist who fought for suffrage and equal rights for her countrywomen long before the second wave of the women's movement in the United States. She also joined the struggle for Nigerian independence as an activist in the anticolonial movement. This book presents the story of this courageous woman.

Legal Naturalism

Author: Olufemi Taiwo
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501701738
Format: PDF
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Legal Naturalism advances a clear and convincing case that Marx's theory of law is a form of natural law jurisprudence. It explicates both Marx's writings and the idea of natural law, and makes a forceful contribution to current debates on the foundations of law. Olufemi Taiwo argues that embedded in the corpus of Marxist writing is a plausible, adequate, and coherent legal theory. He describes Marx's general concept of law, which he calls "legal naturalism." For Marxism, natural law isn't a permanent verity; it refers to the basic law of a given epoch or social formation which is an essential aspect of its mode of production. Capitalist law is thus natural law in a capitalist society and is politically and morally progressive relative to the laws of preceding social formations. Taiwo emphasizes that these formations are dialectical or dynamic, not merely static, so that the law which is naturally appropriate to a capitalist economy will embody tensions and contradictions that replicate the underlying conflicts of that economy. In addition, he discusses the enactment and reform of "positive law"—law established by government institutions—in a Marxian framework.

The Civilizations of Africa

Author: Christopher Ehret
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780813928807
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Since its initial publication, The Civilizationsof Africa has established itself as the most authoritative text available on early African history. Addressing the glaring lack of works concentrating on earlier African eras, Christopher Ehret's trailblazing book has been paired with histories of Africa since 1800 to build a full and well-rounded understanding of the roles of Africa's peoples in human history. Examining inventions and civilizations from 22,000 BCE to 1800 CE, Ehret explores the wide range of social and cultural as well as technological and economic change in Africa, relating all these facets of African history to developments in the rest of the world. This updated edition incorporates new research, as well as an extensive new selection of color images.

Science and Empire

Author: B. Bennett
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230320821
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Offering one of the first analyses of how networks of science interacted within the British Empire during the past two centuries, this volume shows how the rise of formalized state networks of science in the mid nineteenth-century led to a constant tension between administrators and scientists.