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Empire and Education in Africa

The Shaping of a Comparative Perspective


Edited By Peter Kallaway and Rebecca Swartz

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). It 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, with chapters focusing on the period between 1830 and 1950. The chapters highlight some central concerns in writing histories of education that transcend geographic or imperial boundaries. The text 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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Names: Kallaway, Peter, editor. | Swartz, Rebecca, (Historian) editor. Title: Empire and education in Africa: the shaping of a comparative perspective / edited by Peter Kallaway, Rebecca Swartz. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: History of schools and schooling; vol. 60 | ISSN 1089-0678 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016005926 | ISBN 9781-4331-3348-0 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3347-3 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1839-5 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3581-1 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3582-8 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Education—Africa—History—19th century. Education—Africa—History—20th century. Education—Great Britain—Colonies—History. Education—Germany—Colonies—History. Education—France—Colonies—History. Classification: LCC LA1531 .E67 2016 | DDC 370.96—dc23 LC record available at

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