The Shaping of a Comparative Perspective
Edited By Peter Kallaway and Rebecca Swartz
About the book
Empire and Education in Africa brings together a rich body of scholarship on the history of education in colonial Africa. It provides a unique contribution to the historiography of education in different African countries and a useful point of entry for scholars new to the field of African colonial education. The collection includes case studies from South Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar, French West Africa (Afrique Occidentale Française) and Tanzania (then Tanganyika), and will therefore prove invaluable for scholars in the histories of French, British and German colonialism in Africa. The book examines similarities and differences in approaches to education across a broad geographical and chronological framework, focusing on the period between 1830 and 1950.
Chapters highlight some central concerns in writing histories of education that transcend geographic or imperial boundaries. The book addresses the relationship between voluntary societies’ role in education provision and state education. The book also deals with “adapted” education: what kind of education was appropriate to African people or African contexts, and how did this differ across and between colonial contexts? Finally, many of the chapters deal with issues of gender in colonial education, showing how issues of gender were central to education provision in Africa.
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