So many research topics emerged from the colonial conquest and the legacy of slavery in modern South African society—the Anglo-Boer War, imperial policy, and race classification among them—that this volatile corner of nineteenth-century history draws enduring interest from scholars and students. To support their research, Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest delivers monographs, manuscripts, and newspaper accounts covering key issues of economics, world politics, and international strategy.
The "Scramble for Africa" began with the arrival of missionaries and explorers to the "Dark Continent" in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Over the next 100 years, Africa would be "Christianized" by European missionaries; "commercialized" as an outlet for European-produced consumer goods and source for raw materials; and "civilized" by the establishment of European political institutions and the arrival of European settlers. Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest provides an in-depth look into the motivations, activities, and results of the European conquest of Africa in the nineteenth century.
Key topic areas include:
- Partition of Africa and British imperial policy
- The Anglo-Boer War, 1899–1902
- Jameson Raid
- Geopolitical rivalry between Britain, France, and Germany
- Explorers' use of rivers as highways to the interior of Africa
- Anglo-French relations and the Fashoda Incident
- Economic and social themes
- The Witwatersrand gold mining industry
- Miner-farming disputes in Zimbabwe
- Missionaries' efforts to suppress the slave trade
- Origins of corporate capitalism in South Africa
- The dream of an Afrikaner Utopia?
- Classifying race
- African response to imperialism
- Colonial and customary law
- Chinese emigration
- Transnational evangelicalism