Wikidata:WikiProject European Colonialism

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European Colonialism from the 15th century onwards is an important chapter in global history. Their effects can still be observed today. Many people, corporations, social groups and events are linked to it. Wikidata also offers the possibility of naming those actors or events that are otherwise given little space by a more or less Eurocentric historiography.

The goals of the WikiProjekt are:

  • To discuss recommendation for describing actors, events, objects and places related to the topic of European Colonialism.
  • To coordinate the input of data on the topic.
  • To provide the Wikidata part of a still to create Wikimedia user group on the topic.

Basic consideration[edit]

The most comprehensive set of definitions of colonial rule in this project describes all territories outside Europe which were founded by European powers as colonies from 1420 onwards. The colonizing actors are organized by the state or act with the consent of a European state.

  • Pictogram voting question.svg How do we deal with charter companies?
  • Pictogram voting question.svg How do we deal with colonial powers outside Europe?
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The underlying relationship is that between colonial power (Q20181813) located in Europe (Q46) and colony (Q133156) outside Europe (Q46). No matter how many colonies a colonial power has, each one is a part of an specific instance of colonial empire (Q1790360).

Example:

Both the colonial power and the colonies could have predecessor (replaces (P1365)) and successor (replaced by (P1366)) objects.

Example

Pictogram voting question.svg Do we really need to define the history of a region outside Europe always via the relationship to their respective colonial power?

Entities to link to colonies in general[edit]

This concerns data objects related to more than one colonial power

Examples:

Pictogram voting question.svg How to describe them in relation to the main topic European colonialism (Q17631847)?

Entities to link to a specific colonial empire[edit]

We have actors, objects and places which are mostly related to one specific colonial empire. Many of them are located at the motherland.

Examples:

Entities to link to a specific colony[edit]

Proposed statements[edit]

Humans[edit]
Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
work locationP937Itemworkplace: location where persons were activeHendrik Witbooi <work location> German South-West Africa-

Qualifiers start time (P580) and end time (P582) should be added to statement work location (P937) if known.


Enterprises[edit]
Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
instance ofP31Iteminstance of: business (Q4830453) or sub class ofGerman East Africa Company <instance of> business-
operating areaP2541Itemarea this organisation operates in, serves or has responsibility forGerman East Africa Company <operating area> German East Africa-

| AND = (both statements should be set)

Qualifiers start time (P580) and end time (P582) should be added to statement operating area (P2541) if known.

Missionary Societies[edit]
Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
instance ofP31Iteminstance of: missionary society (Q20746389) or sub class ofRhenish Missionary Society <instance of> missionary society-
operating areaP2541Itemarea this organisation operates in, serves or has responsibility forRhenish Missionary Society <operating area> German South-West Africa-

| AND = (both statements should be set)

Qualifiers start time (P580) and end time (P582) should be added to statement operating area (P2541) if known.

Associations[edit]
Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
instance ofP31Iteminstance of: association (Q48204) or sub class ofKamerun-Alpen-Klub <instance of> association-
interested inP2650Itemitem of special or vested interest to this person or organisationQ56676934 <interested in> German East Africa-

| AND = (both statements should be set)

Qualifiers start time (P580) and end time (P582) should be added to statement interested in (P2650) if known.

Local Groups[edit]
Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
countryP17Itemcountry: sovereign state of this item; don't use on humansBafia people <country> Kamerun-

| Pictogram voting question.svg Which objects could be used for instance of (P31)?

Events[edit]
Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
instance ofP31Iteminstance of: Q15815670 (or subclass of)Haitian Revolution <instance of> slave rebellion-
countryP17Itemcountry: the specific colonyHaitian Revolution <country> Saint-Domingue-
located in the administrative territorial entityP131Itemadministrative territorial entity: the specific colony (or a place located in the colony and connected via located in the administrative territorial entity (P131))Bafut Wars <located in the administrative territorial entity> Kamerun-

| The 1st AND one of the other statements should be set

Artwork[edit]

instance of (P31) → (work of art (Q838948) or literary work (Q7725634) or work of art (Q838948)) (or sub class of them)

| AND = (both statements should be set)

(depicts (P180) or location of discovery (P189) or place of publication (P291) or narrative location (P840) or main subject (P921) or filming location (P915) or work location (P937) or location of final assembly (P1071) or interested in (P2650) or location of first performance (P4647)) → the specific colony or a part of the colony or a place located in the colony

Lists[edit]


Lists concerning instances of colonial empires[edit]

Pictogram voting comment.svg Some items in the following lists are not instance of (P31) of their respective colonial empire. Please edit.


List of participants[edit]

WikiProject_European_Colonialism/Participants