Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO): Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest


"South Africa 1." British Colonial Office: Photographic Collection. Primary Source Media, 1881. Nineteenth Century Collections Online.
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Explore the gripping chronicles of exploration and missions during the early nineteenth century

Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest delivers monographs, manuscripts, and newspaper accounts covering issues of economics, world politics, and international strategy to support research in this interdisciplinary area of study of Europe and Africa.

Additionally, this collection includes the features that scholars require—such as detailed subject indexing and metadata, textual analysis tools, personalized user accounts, and more.

Key topics include:

  • Partition of Africa and British imperial policy
  • The Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902
  • Jameson Raid
  • Geopolitical rivalry between Britain, France, and Germany
  • Explorers' use of rivers as highways to the interior of Africa
  • Anglo-French relations and the Fashoda incident
  • The Witwatersrand gold mining industry
  • The dream of an Afrikaner utopia
  • Colonial and customary law
  • Chinese emigration
  • Transnational evangelicalism

Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest supports interdisciplinary studies with coverage of subjects including the making of the racial order; peasant and agrarian history; labor history; urban segregation; civil rights history; and family history.The two key themes of this archive -- exploration, military, and missionary activities, and economic and political imperialism in Africa in the last quarter of the nineteenth century—enables researchers to trace the development of missionary work and glory and gold-seeking explorers in central and southern Africa. Monographs, manuscripts, and newspaper accounts cover issues of economics, world politics, and international strategy; official government documents, political papers of prominent individuals, and press documentation provide a more well-rounded view of the development of British strategic imperatives, French and Belgian desire for the expansion of trade and raw materials, and Germany and Italy’s late entrance onto the imperial stage.

Collections in this Archive

  • African Mail
  • African World
  • Annales de l'Extreme Orient et de l'Afrique
  • Bulletins du Comite de l'Afrique francaise
  • Colonial Africa Newspapers from the British Library
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Bathurst, Gambia, British Africa, 1857-1889
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Boma, Congo, 1888-1895
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Cape Town, Cape Colony, 1800-1906
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Gaboon, 1856-1888
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Goree Dakar, French Africa, 1883-1906
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Grand Bassa, Liberia, 1868-1882
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Lourenco Marques, Mozambique, Portuguese Africa, 1854-1906
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Pretoria, The Transvaal, 1898-1906
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Santiago, Cape Verde Islands, 1818-1898
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Sierra Leone, British Africa, 1858-1906
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in St. Helena, British West Africa, 1831-1906
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in St. Paul de Loanda, Portuguese Africa, 1854-1893
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Tamatave, Madagascar, 1853-1906
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Zanzibar, British Africa, 1836-1906
  • Deutsche Kolonialzeitung
  • Exploration and Colonization of Africa
  • German Colonialism in Africa: Selections from the Kolonialbibliothek (Colonial Library) Collection
  • International Population Census, Africa
  • Joseph Chamberlain Papers Relating to Africa
  • Methodist Episcopal Church Missionary Correspondence, 1846-1912: Africa
  • Personal Narratives and Reminiscences of the Exploration of Africa
  • Publications of the Cape Colony
  • Publications of the Natal Colony
  • Report of the Boundary Survey between British Bechuanaland and German Southwest Africa of 1898-1903
  • Selected Africa Collections from the Bodleian Library
  • Selected Cabinet Papers on Africa
  • Selected Colonial Office Files on Africa
  • Selected Dominions Office Files on Africa
  • Selected Foreign Office Files on Africa
  • Selected India Office Records on Colonial Africa
  • Selected Maps and Plans Files on Africa
  • Selected Narratives and Reminiscences on Colonial Africa
  • Selected War Office Files on Africa
  • Yale Divinity School Periodicals on Africa

Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest is available on Gale’s cutting-edge research platform. This state-of-the-art platform was developed using our flexible Agile approach, incorporating user testing and feedback throughout the process to ensure that we are providing the features that scholars require—such as detailed subject indexing and metadata, textual analysis tools, personalized user accounts, and more—for research in the digital age.

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Subjects Covered
  • African Studies
  • European Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology
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“The scope of this digitization project makes it a significant research resource for both scholars and undergraduates. There are several benefits to this scope: the sheer size of the collections; the geographic range including comparative materials from various cultures; and the variety of types of documents including a significant amount of unpublished material . . . . The new platform tools developed for NCCO are impressive and should be useful to scholars as well as students. These include the browse features for 'Exploring Collections,' the search within results features, text analysis tools, and sophisticated image viewing tools.”

eDesiderata, Center for Research Libraries

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