Being Colonized The Kuba Experience in Rural Congo, 1880-1960
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Description: What was it like to be colonized by foreigners? Highlighting a region in central Congo, in the center of sub-Saharan Africa,Being Colonizedplaces Africans at the heart of the story. In a richly textured history that will appeal to general readers and students as well as to scholars, the distinguished historian Jan Vansina offers not just accounts of colonial administrators, missionaries, and traders, but the varied voices of a colonized people. Vansina uncovers the history revealed in local news, customs, gossip, and even dreams, as related by African villagers through archival documents, material culture, and oral interviews. Vansinarsquo;s case study of the colonial experience is the realm of Kuba, a kingdom in Congo about the size of New Jersey-and two-thirds the size of its colonial master, Belgium. The experience of its inhabitants is the story of colonialism, from its earliest manifestations to its tumultuous end. What happened in Kuba happened to varying degrees throughout Africa and other colonized regions: racism, economic exploitation, indirect rule, Christian conversion, modernization, disease and healing, and transformations in gender relations. The Kuba, like others, took their own active part in history, responding to the changes and calamities that colonization set in motion. Vansina follows the regionrsquo;s inhabitants from the late nineteenth century to 1960, as a new elite emerged on the eve of Congorsquo;s dramatic passage to independence.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 3/18/2010
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|A Note on Spelling and Pronunciation|
|Congo: Becoming a Colony|
|The Colonial Relationship|
|Company Rule and Its Consequences|
|Were the Kuba Nearly Wiped Out?|
|Fifty Years of Belgian Rule: An Overview|
|A Kingdom Preserved|
|Village Life: 1911-1950s|
|In Pursuit of Harmony|
|Visions for a Different Future|
|Toward a New World|
|Conclusion: the Experience of Being Colonized|