Colonialism and Resistance
- Pre-colonial European depictions of Africans
- Colonialism Key Concepts
- Africa and Europe (BBC – The Story of Africa)
- Read about the meeting of Europeans and Africans from two different perspectives:
- Two Different Perspectives on Colonialism:
- Africa in 1914, from the British National Archives. A site full of primary sources along with context on African territories’ involvement in the war as well as resistances to colonial powers. Nigeria is a good example.
- Novels on Colonialism
- Lesson Plan courtesy of Deborah Johnson, a teacher at the Lakeside School in Seattle, WA
- Thematic Skit about decolonization based on the book “Weep Not Child”
Colonial and Anti-Colonial Maps
Maps are an excellent way to teach about colonialism and resistance to colonialism.
- Was the colonial map of Africa a bad thing? Scholars explain why the colonial map of Africa was both inaccurate and irreparable.
- Activity: Put these Historical Maps of Africa in chronological order
- A Century Later, Letting Africans Draw Their Own Map — A 1997 New York Times article by Howard French
- Animated Atlas of African History from Brown University. This interactive resource gives a year-by-year presentation of selected themes in the history of Africa between 1879 and 2002. Toggle buttons allow you to select which thematic layers to activate. Choices include, territory names, Changing boundaries, imperial rulers and political systems, violent conflicts, economic and demographic trends. You can advance or reverse the Chronology and change the speed while viewing year-by-year changes.
- Less Scrambling, More Reflecting: Unpacking Simulations of Colonialism. This site critiques simulation exercises and offers alternative activities and questions to raise with students following perspectives that situate African agency in the center of the narratives.
Case Studies in Colonialism Lecture Series
The Boston University African Studies Center presents the Case Studies in Colonialism Lecture Series. The series seeks to challenge the misconception that colonialism was a universal experience across the African continent. These videos are suitable for upper high school and college students.
Case Studies in Colonialism: Algeria and Morocco
In the video below, Boston University Professor of History Diana Wylie warns of the danger of broad generalizations about colonialism in Africa. To illustrate the complexity and idiosyncrasies of colonialism found throughout the continent, Professor Wylie compares and contrasts the colonial experiences specifically in Algeria and Morocco.
Case Studies in Colonialism: Senegal
In the video below, Boston University Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program Fallou Ngom focuses on the specificities of colonialism in Senegal and how Senegal’s unique history and culture shaped and were shaped by the colonial experience.