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Anti-imperial London
The Pan-African Conference of 1900
in Imperial cities
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This chapter on the Pan-African Conference of 1900 shows that London was also a city shaped by anti-imperialists. When Henry Sylvester Williams convened the Pan-African Conference in 1900, Dadabhai Naoroji sent financial support despite his own organisation's pecuniary difficulties. If London in 1900 was the great imperial metropolis, it was also a nexus of anti-imperialism. In 1900 the Anti-Slavery Society and the Aborigines Protection Society, organisational descendants of the anti-slavery agitation, offered the community condescending support. At the turn of the twentieth century few could envisage a world without British imperialism. In London in 1900 anti-imperialists of all races wished mainly to humanise it, to turn it into the beneficent world government it claimed to be. London's turn-of-the-century anti-imperialists were mainly British-born, but also came from Ireland, South Asia, the West Indies and Africa.

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