Uncovering archival materials in AM’s Africa and the New Imperialism: European Borders on the African Continent, 1870-1914

Sponsored by AM
Recorded on 05/25/2023

Posted in Primary Sources and Special Collections

How can researchers use archival materials to better understand the impact and response to European colonialism in Africa?


In this AM webinar guest speakers will discuss the materials in the newly-published database, Africa and the New Imperialism: European Borders on the African Continent, 1870-1914, which documents Africa’s encounters with European imperialist regimes and their impact on the lives of peoples across the continent.

We’ll be joined by Michelle Moyd of Michigan State University, who will discuss the violence of colonialism and African resistance through the archival records. In addition, Christopher Prior of the University of Southampton will examine what can be learned about the history of European colonization from the records of the colonists themselves. The speakers will share both the value of archival materials and how they relate to their own research.


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    Michelle Moyd

    Associate Professor of HistoryMichigan State University

    Michelle Moyd is Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University, where she is also a Red Cedar Distinguished Faculty member. Her book, Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa was published by Ohio University Press in 2014. She is currently at work on Africa, Africans, and the First World War, under contract with Cambridge University Press’s New Approaches to African History series.

  • Christopher Prior

    Associate Professor, Colonial and Postcolonial HistoryUniversity of Southampton

    Christopher Prior, PhD is Associate Professor in Colonial and Postcolonial History at the University of Southampton. A scholar of the British Empire and its legacies, he has a particular interest in the histories of modern Africa. His research has tended to concentrate on the intellectual and socio-political networks that have shaped the colonial and post-colonial state in the modern era. Most pertinent to the webinar, he is the author of Exporting empire: Africa, colonial officials and the construction of the British imperial state, c.1900-39 (Manchester University Press, 2013).

  • Natalie Dale

    Senior EditorAM

    Natalie Dale is a Senior Editor in the Editorial Production team at AM. Natalie joined AM as an editorial assistant back in 2018, and since then has worked on a range of different resources, most recently Life at Sea and Africa and the New Imperialism. Prior to joining AM, Natalie worked in a university library and her background is in English Literature and Psychology.

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