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The African presenceRepresentations of Africa in the construction of Britishness$
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Graham Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088858

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088858.001.0001

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Africa–Britain: a short history

Africa–Britain: a short history

(p.38) 3 Africa–Britain: a short history
The African presence

Graham Harrison

Manchester University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the history of British-African interaction. It begins with pre-modern interactions which were very sparse. It goes on to focus on slavery as a major starting point in British-African relations. It then proceeds to review abolitionist politics, missionary travels, colonialism, decolonisation, and post-colonialoism. It highlights the centrality of Christianity and liberalism in the ways that the British thought about Africa.

Keywords:   Slavery, Empire, Christianity, Liberalism, Abolitionism, Missionaries, Colonialism, Independence, Post-colonialism

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