The African Inheritance


The African Inheritance

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 256 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
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Discusses pre-colonial Africa, the increasing European interest in the continent, the European partition and the subsequent colonial rule and de-colonization, and examines the consequences of this inheritance.

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Africa is a continent gripped by civil wars and widespread famine. The causes of many of the continent's problems are deep rooted and can be traced to Africa's colonial past, when European powers divided the spoils of the continent into separate sovereign states.The African Inheritance examines the effect this "balkanization" of Africa has had, and is having, on the political and economic well-being of the continent.From a brief history of pre-colonial Africa and its subsequent European partition and inevitable decolonization, the book discusses the consequences of such an inheritance: small and weak states, destructive secessionist movements, irredentism and African imperialism. Attempts to tackle these problems and assert independent development are inhibited by the colonial inheritance.

Table of Contents

        List of maps                               ix
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction 1 (10)
Pre-Colonial Africa 11 (11)
Europeans and Africa, 1415-1885 22 (12)
The Europeans Partition of Africa 34 (12)
Colonial Africa 46 (13)
Protecting Apartheid 59 (12)
The States of Modern Africa 71 (13)
Political Boundaries 84 (15)
Capital Cities 99 (11)
Land-Locked States 110(13)
Secessionist Movements 123(13)
Irredentism 136(12)
African Imperialism 148(12)
Political Union 160(10)
Economic Groupings 170(11)
Infrastructural Development 181(10)
Conclusions 191(5)
References 196(2)
Annotated bibliography 198(3)
Index 201