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Why didn't Britain or any other European power colonize Abyssinia/Ethiopia before 1936?

Abyssinia / Ethiopia (the borders of which expanded and contracted frequently over the centuries) maintained its independence until 1936 by a combination of diplomatic skill in playing would-be ...
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Why didn't Russia colonize in the scramble for Africa?

You got your facts wrong. The peak of the scramble for Africa was the Berlin Conference of 1878. Alaska was sold to the USA in 1867. Russia had (and has) great resources, but always had (and has) ...
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Why has the Congo ended up French-speaking but not Flemish-speaking?

This article, "A Brief History of Dutch in Africa", explains: From the start, Stanley worked with officers and agents of a variety of nationalities, many of them Belgians. These Belgian ...
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Was the Kingdom of Nri truly pacifistic?

The Nri were peaceful to the extent that they could, but when forced to the utmost, did engage in warfare as in the end of the 18th century. Meanwhile, their traditions—including the sieges that were ...
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In general, what was the level of technology like in central Africa, just before the scramble for Africa?

  Coastal sub-Saharan Africa was in Iron Age, towards the interior it was mixed with Copper-Bronze Age with some remote, primitive societies still in Stone Age. Iron metallurgy in sub-...
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In general, what was the level of technology like in central Africa, just before the scramble for Africa?

If only we could limit this question to specifics. Be it regional, cultural or any other qualification that would limit the scope. As axsvl77 put it "Africa is a very big place". But since there is ...
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What's paradoxical about British free trade in 20th century partitioning of Africa?

Regardless of the time period, though I believe that the question refers to the 20th, not the 12th Century, what is paradoxical about Britain's advocacy of free trade is the very existence of the ...
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What happened to the other European residents in Khartoum in 1885?

'In perils oft': romantic biographies illustrative of the adventurous life (1886) provides three versions of Gordon's death, pp. 533-534. These are: He was slain by gunfire while on his way to the ...
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What's paradoxical about British free trade in 20th century partitioning of Africa?

In partitioning Africa with France, Belgium, Germany, and others, Britain basically subdivided the Continent into "national" spheres of influence. These were colonies that were not always allowed to ...
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What role did Congo play in the outbreak of WW1?

There are publications relating to the genesis of the Schlieffen Plan and the way it was modified over the years. Prior to the actual activation of the plan, the left (southern) wing of the German ...
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Why didn't Russia colonize in the scramble for Africa?

During this time Russia was already engaged in a colonial enterprise on a staggering scale - the conquest of Central Asia. Conquering and then digesting such a vast territory more or less took up most ...
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What's paradoxical about British free trade in 20th century partitioning of Africa?

Wikipedia, which the question quotes, is of course not guaranteed flawless. Africa was actually mostly partitioned in the late nineteenth century, not the twentieth. There was though some adjustment ...
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What happened to the other European residents in Khartoum in 1885?

This newspaper clipping from 1895 gives more information to the whereabouts of the Europeans in Khartoum. It states that "in 1887, the prisoners include four Italian sisters, 2 priests and 2 laymen".
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