Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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What methods did the Europeans use to exercise control over the people of W. Africa?

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Historically, the methods included both conversion and coercion. Many of the first European settlers were missionaries, offering education and converting large numbers of tribespeople who were powerless or outcasts under the tribal order. Achebe echoes this as the early converts are characters like Nwoye , or the efulefu. As the missions expanded, divisions arose in the...

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