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Author Vansina, Jan.

Title Being colonized : the Kuba experience in rural Congo, 1880-1960 / Jan Vansina
Published Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 342 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Africa and the diaspora: history, politics, culture
Africa and the diaspora.
Contents Congo: becoming a colony -- The colonial relationship -- Incidental conquest -- Company rule and its consequences -- Were the Kuba nearly wiped out? -- Fifty years of Belgian rule: an overview -- A kingdom preserved -- Village life: 1911-1950s -- In pursuit of harmony -- Visions for a different future -- Toward a new world -- Conclusion: the experience of being colonized
Summary What was it like to be colonized by foreigners? Highlighting a region in central Congo, in the center of sub-Saharan Africa, Being Colonized places Africans at the heart of the story. In a richly textured history that will appeal to general readers and students as well as to scholars, the distinguished historian Jan Vansina offers not just accounts of colonial administrators, missionaries, and traders, but the varied voices of a colonized people. Vansina uncovers the history revealed in local news, customs, gossip, and even dreams, as related by African villagers through archival documents, material culture, and oral interviews
Vansina's case study of the colonial experience is the realm of Kuba, a kingdom in Congo about the size of New Jersey--and two-thirds the size of its colonial master, Belgium. The experience of its inhabitants is the story of colonialism, from its earliest manifestations to its tumultuous end. What happened in Kuba happened to varying degrees throughout Africa and other colonized regions: racism, economic exploitation, indirect rule, Christian conversion, modernization, disease and healing, and transformations in gender relations. The Kuba, like others, took their own active part in history, responding to the changes and calamities that colonization set in motion. Vansina follows the region's inhabitants from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century, when a new elite emerged on the eve of Congo's dramatic passage to independence
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Kuba (African people) -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Social conditions -- History
Kuba (African people) -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Social conditions
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- African American Studies.
Kuba Volk
SUBJECT Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Colonization
Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- To 1908.
Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 1908-1960.
Subject Congo (Democratic Republic)
Demokratische Republik Kongo
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780299236434