By A. Adu Boahen
This historical past bargains with the twenty-year interval among 1880 and 1900, whilst nearly all of Africa used to be seized and occupied by way of the Imperial Powers of Europe. Eurocentric issues of view have ruled the learn of this period, yet during this e-book, considered one of Africa’s prime historians reinterprets the colonial reviews from the viewpoint of the colonized.
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He had done his best to make good in an impossible situation. He had tried by every means in his power to make friends of the implacable Turks, and he had punished severely, sometimes with death, Greeks guilty of crimes against Turks. He founded a university at Smyrna, bringing from Germany a Greek professor with an international reputation to act as president. One of the last Greeks I saw on the streets of Smyrna before the entry of the Turks, was Professor Karatheodoris, president of the doomed university.
The last Greek soldiers disappeared from Smyrna on the evening of the eighth and the Turks rapidly took over the town. Mounted patrols and little squads of soldiers began to appear on the streets, serving as police. These were well enough behaved. There were credibly reported instances of minor Turkish officers interfering with the looters and evil-doers, and even of instances of kindness being shown to non-Mussulman natives. I saw no such kindness, however. If I had, I should be eager to report it, but I am willing to accept the testimony of others.
Seems to be pretty well dispelled. All statements that tend to throw doubt on the matter can be traced to suspicious and interested sources. ” Men of this stamp do not make assertions without having first gone carefully into the evidence. We have already seen by what methods the Greeks had been eliminated from the coastal region of Asia Minor. The murders and deportations have been described by which a flourishing and rapidly growing civilization had been destroyed, villages and farmhouses wrecked and vineyards uprooted.
African Perspectives on Colonialism by A. Adu Boahen