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Dissident scribes: some lesser-known anti-colonial activism in and around Africa in the early 20th Century

Hughes, Lotte (2010). Dissident scribes: some lesser-known anti-colonial activism in and around Africa in the early 20th Century. The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 99(408) pp. 249–265.

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Despite a growing body of work on anti-colonialist movements and the activities of individual activists, there remain large gaps in our knowledge of early agitation in and around Africa, and the links between people. A scholarly focus on transnational networking in the 1930s to 1950s tends to overshadow earlier agitation, by people whose achievements are too often forgotten now, but who laid the foundations for later struggle, decolonisation, and modern-day humanitarian activity. This article discusses some lesser-known agitators, both European and African, active in Africa in the 1900s (though Colenso began earlier), who used copious correspondence, the press and humanitarian networks to highlight colonial abuses and challenge imperial policy. It focuses largely on, and draws parallels between, Dr Norman Leys (working in East Africa), Henry Nevinson (West Africa), F. Z. S. Peregrino (West and South Africa) and Harriette Colenso (South Africa).

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Round Table Ltd
ISSN: 0035-8533
Keywords: Africa; anti-colonialism; Pan-Africanism; Christian socialism; African diaspora; journalism; transnational networking; Norman Leys; Henry Nevinson; F. Z. S. Peregrino; Harriette Colenso
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 19271
Depositing User: Lotte Hughes
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2010 11:07
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 14:25
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