African Histories and Modernities

Shadows of Empire in West Africa

New Perspectives on European Fortifications

Editors: Osei-Tutu, John Kwadwo, Smith, Victoria Ellen (Eds.)

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  • Provides a thoroughly interdisciplinary look at West African fortresses as representations of colonization in the region
  • Features some of the leading scholars in multiple fields of African Studies
  • Presents a nuanced picture of fortifications, from historical and contemporary angles
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These essays reexamine European forts in West Africa as hubs where different peoples interacted, negotiated and transformed each other socially, politically, culturally, and economically. This collection brings together scholars of history, archaeology, cultural studies, and others to present  a nuanced image of fortifications, showing that over time the functions and impacts of the buildings changed as the motives, missions, allegiances, and power dynamics in the region also changed. Focusing on the fortifications of Ghana, the authors discuss how these structures may be interpreted as connecting Ghanaian and West African histories to a multitude of global histories. They also enable greater understanding of the fortifications’ contemporary use as heritage sites, where the Afro-European experience is narrated through guided tours and museums.

About the authors

John Kwadwo Osei-Tutu is Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana.
Victoria Ellen Smith is a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Ghana. She is Founding Curator of the Adu Boahen Memorial Library and Archive.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Interpreting West Africa’s Forts and Castles

    Pages 1-31

    Osei-Tutu, John Kwadwo (et al.)

  • Grossfriedrichsburg, the First German Colony in Africa? Brandenburg-Prussia, Atlantic Entanglements and National Memory

    Pages 33-73

    Zaugg, Roberto

  • ‘Far from My Native Land, and Far from You’: Reimagining the British at Cape Coast Castle in the Nineteenth Century

    Pages 75-106

    Smith, Victoria Ellen

  • Viewed from a Distance: Eighteenth-Century Images of Fortifications on the Coast of West Africa

    Pages 107-136

    Mann, Emily

  • Illusions of Grandeur and Protection: Perceptions and (Mis)Representations of the Defensive Efficacy of European-Built Fortifications on the Gold Coast, Seventeenth–Early Nineteenth Centuries

    Pages 137-167

    Osei-Tutu, John Kwadwo (et al.)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-39282-0
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  • Bulk discounts from 10 eBooks
Hardcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shadows of Empire in West Africa
Book Subtitle
New Perspectives on European Fortifications
Editors
  • John Kwadwo Osei-Tutu
  • Victoria Ellen Smith
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-39282-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-39282-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-39281-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81857-3
Series ISSN
2634-5773
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 368
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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