Colonialism as Integration

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Colonialism as Integration: The Political Economy of Colonialism Orientation Armed confrontation opened the doors to diplomacy, defeat, and (more rarely) continued autonomy Early resistance movements also enabled pan-ethnic, grassroots mobilization that demonstrated possibility of new anti-colonial formations, beyond pre-colonial political forms Situations of tense coexistence also took hold, where “frontier” situations of balance and exchange turned to “closed” systems of political and economic dependence Summary Point: advent of colonialism created patterns of ‘domination’ and ‘resistance’-this is one historical model for understanding modern African history What about possibility of “accommodation”? Is the domination/resistance too simplistic? Is modern African history only about conflict? Are there other patterns of history also taking hold? What do accommodation and coexistence mean? Coexistence and Accomodation in the Economic Realm European intervention sought to build upon existing economies of production and trade o Sought greater control over production, price of raw materials and export/import trade Creation of imperial “free trade” zones African authorities, businessmen, and producers also sought to build upon existing economies of production and trade o Sought to maintain control and autonomy over production, prices, and trade If political autonomy was lost, there still existed a desire to maintain sense of economic autonomy Summary Point: confrontation and integration of these interests would create situations of competition, conflict, and co-existence Colonialism and the Global Economy
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