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The British empire in Africa

How do we get at the truth about empires when the topic is so politically charged?




In the late nineteenth century, Britain, along with other European powers, carved up virtually the entire African continent between them. Why did they do this? How did they do this? And what impact did their actions have upon the continent? The issue of imperialism in Africa is one fraught with controversy, and getting at the truth of what happened offers historians with an important and interesting challenge.

Why is this important?

In order to understand the state of Africa today, one needs to get a sense of the impact that European imperialism had on the continent. The talk is also of use for those undertaking A levels, as it covers the ‘Scramble for Africa’ among other topics.

Key descriptors

Africa; empire; colonialism

Year groups

Years 12 and 13


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