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by Charles Allen

eBook Tales from the Dark Continent ePub
Author: Charles Allen
Language: English
ISBN: 0708847730
ISBN13: 978-0708847732
Publisher: Time Warner Books UK (March 1, 1991)
Pages: 219
Subcategory: No category
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 271
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ePub file: 1944 kb
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Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about Indian and the colonial experience elsewhere. The first book is on India Tales from the Raj, the next, this work, and the third on the magical lands of the "Far East";Tales from the South China Seas.

Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about Indian and the colonial experience elsewhere. A traveller, historian and master storyteller he is one of the great chroniclers of India. Charles Allen, the & historian' for the series was himself born (1940) in India to a family of six generations who served in the British Raj.

Charles Allen captures the vanished world of British Colonial Africa in the recollections of the pioneering men and wome. Books related to Tales From the Dark Continent. Long Walk To Freedom. Conversations with Myself.

Allen, Charles, 1940-; Fry, Helen; British Broadcasting Corporation.

Find sources: "Charles Allen" writer – news · newspapers · books . Tales from the Dark Continent: Images of British Colonial Africa in the Twentieth Century.

Find sources: "Charles Allen" writer – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (July 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Charles Allen (born 1940) is a British freelance writer and popular historian who lives in London. His British parents were both born in India and his numerous works focus on the British Raj. Contents. Tales from the South China Seas: Images of the British in South-East Asia in the Twentieth Century.

Tales From a Dark Continent. Once again Charles Allen has written an historically accurate book that is an enrichingly good read. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 10 years ago.

Items related to Tales From the Dark Continent. Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about Indian and the colonial experience elsewhere. Charles Allen Tales From the Dark Continent. ISBN 13: 9780708819302. Tales From the Dark Continent.

The witnesses are former District Officers, for the most part, the backbone of British rule in Africa, 1900-1960; and Allen, also responsible for Plain Tales from the Raj (1976), has arranged their oral testimony into a composite portrait of the colonial ruler's lot. The lure, for most, was ""an. The lure, for most, was ""an intelligent man's outdoor life. But there were otherwise as many variables as constants-in space and time.

Also by Charles Allen. Plain Tales from the Raj. by corporations, institutions, and other organizations. Tales from the South China Seas. The Savage Wars of Peace. For more information, please contact the Special Markets Department at the Perseus Books Group, 2300 Chestnut Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19103, or call (800) 255-1514, or e-mail special.

Antique Books The Circus Boys on the Mississippi,1912, Across the Continent 1911. Tales From the Dark Continent By Charles Allen. Customs services and international tracking provided. Ebony Magazine, August 1976, Africa Continent of the Future Special Issue.

Based on recorded interviews with 50 British men and women covering three generations of colonial rule in Africa, the stories and recollections in this book evoke the world of traders, missionaries, soldiers, policemen and district officers.
Fearlessdweller
This is the second book of a trilogy based on the personal and recorded accounts of residents of the British Empire between the world wars and the closing stages of British rule. The first book is on India Tales from the Raj, the next, this work, and the third on the magical lands of the "Far East";Tales from the South China Seas. These books are edited extracts from the British Broadcasting Company Radio archives. Charles Allen, the `oral historian' for the series was himself born (1940) in India to a family of six generations who served in the British Raj.

Each of the chapters (of all the books in the series) are edited narrations from BBC radio 4 interviews with the actual raconteurs. Many of them, if not most, are now gone of course, so these works form their last true oral history.

Service in "British Africa" was in the infrastructure provision (engineering and public works), missionary, education and public health areas, and in administration. It is mainly the voices of the latter we hear in these accounts, the junior officers of district administrators rising through their respective careers to the senior roles in government. The service was undertaken even in relatively early days - the whole of the role of the British in Africa covers just a century - with the objective of developing the ability for an indigenous rule. In a short time, mostly within these narrators own careers, that march to self-determination was achieved. The rate of progress of the so-called `Africanization' accelerated, alarming some as they realized their own self-replacing roles were to lead to an early termination of their own careers and overseas life.

The head of service, Lord Lugard's ideas concerning indirect rule and dual government set the attitudes of those in the FSO:"Our policy was always to leave as much as possible to the African people themselves and not to interfere with their lives' ...". Indeed, rule and the "Pax Britannia" was only ever possible (throughout the Empire) by a deep cooperation and mutual education. The British in Africa it seems from the words of those who were there, supported rather than displaced the traditional roles and structures of the African culture and rulers.

Despite our rather jaundiced modern view of imperialism these fascinating accounts show a very positive benefit of realistically benevolent government. "...when one considers colonial rule one has got to remember what was there before it started...Cannibalism, slavery, human sacrifice and various other abominations all existed...it taught them they could have a democratic rule... and fair laws." By the end of the British involvement in Africa these narrators and their British government had provided a complete and self-governed infrastructure, a health, legal and education system, and a democratic structure of laws. Our current perspectives and media accounts sometimes encourage the view that imperialism, that empires, were only ever exploitation and suppression, but this book (and series) offers us an alternative view.

"Yeah, I know, education, plumbing, law ...(Monty Python, Life of Brian) but other than all that what did the Roman Empire ever do for us?"
MrRipper
Very good . Similar to two other books in these series. I find that good old days were hard work. There were some gain
but many sacrifices, away from the family for long periods- they were brave adventurers.
Sardleem
For "Tales from the Dark Continent" the author visited with or read diaries of various officials of the British colonial government in Africa. Excerpts are grouped according to subject: colonial administration, living conditions, travel, spouses, etc. Differences in various British African colonies become apparent, e.g., in Nigeria the British were concerned mainly with governing a large African population, while the Kenya colony was developed with European settlers in mind. The book is often interesting and amusing, especially the reproductions of advertisments for clothing and other essentials. This book would be valuable to students of African colonial history and British imperialism.
The same author did a similar treatment of British India. I think these books were somehow related to BBC television documentaries.
Beranyle
I have had this book in my library for several years...you know, one of those books you buy but don't get round to reading because you have so many others? It is yellow with age!

Well, I could not put this book down once I started it. I now share Charles Allen's respect for a group of men and women who worked in the colonies under adverse conditions. I thought they spent their time in Clubs drinking gin and ordering the natives around. Silly me! I am now much wiser and I am sure I missed important information as a result of the speed at which I read the book so will read it again...
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