colonialism

The East African Railway Strike, 1959-60: labour’s challenge of inter-territorialism

David Hyde examines a pivotal working-class struggle which erupted within East Africa’s transport system near the end of the colonial period. Though this was arguably the most important working-class struggle to occur during the decolonisation process within Britain’s African colonies, it has been rarely acknowledged and barely attended to.

The Development of Trade Unions in Uganda

Roger Scotts history of the development of Trade Unions in Uganda, published 1966.

The Malayan emergency in retrospect: organisation of a successful counterinsurgency effort

A 'New Village' (resettlement/concentration camp)

A report produced by R. W. Komer for the RAND corporation, detailing the measures taken by British forces during the Malayan Emergency 1948-1960, which included the forced resettlement of half a million ethnic Chinese in concentration camps 'New Villages', restrictions in food supplies and massacres.

The Mau Mau uprising, 1952-1956

Mau Mau fighters, 1954

A short overview of the Mau Mau rebellion against the British Empire in Kenya, which was brutally suppressed by the colonial administration.

The colonial question: an initial balance‑sheet

1957 article by the International Communist Party, published in 'Il Programma Comunista', author anonymous.

The Dragon and the Hydra: A Historical Study of Organizational Methods

Tacky's War

Investigation by Russell Maroon Schoatz into the methods of organisation used by maroons in Suriname and Jamaica, and the conflict between hierarchical and decentralised forms of organisation in the Haitian revolution.

A short history of colonialism in Congo, 1885-1997

A missionary with a child whose hand had been severed

A very short overview of Belgian, and latterly US, imperialism in Congo, written by Marty Jezer in 2001.

The Gold Coast Revolution

George Padmore's analysis of the independence movement on the Gold Coast against British rule, leading to the founding of Ghana under the presidency of Kwame Nkrumah.

Patterns of rural protest: Chiefs, slaves, and peasants in north western Sierra Leone 1896-1956

PhD dissertation by Ismail Rachid focusing on slave and peasant resistance to British colonial rule and local elites between 1896 to 1956.

Reflections on the 1955 Freetown Riots by a senior police officer

Freetown, 1960s

This is not a first hand account of the riots, and it is given from the point of view of a police officer, however due to the lack of information about these events online in general we make it available for reference.