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By Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

Norwegians in colonial Africa and Oceania had various aspirations and tailored in several how one can altering social, political and geographical situations in overseas, colonial settings. They incorporated Norwegian shipowners, captains, and diplomats; investors and whalers alongside the African coast and in Antarctica; large-scale plantation proprietors in Mozambique and Hawai'i; large enterprise males in South Africa; jacks of all trades within the Solomon Islands; trees retailers on Zanzibar' espresso farmers in Kenya; and King Leopold's footmen in Congo. This assortment finds narratives of the colonial period which are frequently neglected or obscured via the nationwide histories of former colonial powers. It charts the entrepreneurial routes selected by means of quite a few Norwegians and the areas they ventured, whereas demonstrating the significance of spotting the complicity of such "non-colonial colonials" for knowing the complexity of colonial history.

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