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ISBN-13: 978-0582368811
ISBN-10: 0582368812
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In 1870 barely one tenth of Africa was under European control. By 1914 only about one tenth – Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and Liberia – was not. This book offers a clear and concise account of the ‘scramble’ or ‘race’ for Africa, the period of around 20 years during which European powers carved up the continent with little or no consultation of its inhabitants.

In her classic overview, M.E. Chamberlain:

  • Contrasts the Victorian image of Africa with what we now know of African civilisation and history
  • Examines in detail case histories from Egypt to Zimbabwe
  • Argues that the history and background of Africa are as important as European politics and diplomacy in understanding the 'scramble'
  • Considers the historiography of the topic, taking into account Marxist and anti-Marxist, financial, economic, political and strategic theories of European imperialism

This indispensible introduction, now in a fully updated third edition, provides the most accessible survey of the ‘scramble for Africa’ currently available.  The new edition includes primary source material unpublished elsewhere, new illustrations and additional pedagogical features. It is the perfect starting point for any study of this period in African history.

M.E. CHAMBERLAIN is Professor Emeritus at Swansea University.

 

 

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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M.E. CHAMBERLAIN is Professor Emeritus at Swansea University.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (April 23, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582368812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582368811
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,077,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Arnold on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Going off of memory, Chamberlain does a fine job of describing the ocean vessel / steamship business through the Suez canal and Gibraltar straights and how the exploitation of Africa really arose out of transportation technology improvements among the agressive colonizing states - hence the 'scramble'.

This is nothing more than a primer. It is not about Africa - it's really about the 'Scramble' more than it is about Africa - like many books concerning Africa during the colonial period. Unfortunately very few written histories exists prior to the 1800s in sub-Saharan Africa.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bru888 on February 1, 2015
Format: Paperback
Don't confuse this book with "The Scramble for Africa" by Thomas Pakenham. That book truly deserves a five-star rating. This one I do not know about but I find it curious that Professor Chamberlain, or the publisher, chose the very same title for this book as the one used by Mr. Pakenham back in 1991. Disregard my star rating; it means nothing because I have not read this book. However, I am forced to choose something and anything above one star will not do. One star, then, for usurping the title of another, excellent book.
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By Marco McWilliams on March 24, 2014
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Information is accessibly structured and readable. Easy to organize for the reader. Clear book on Africa and Europe's second most crucial moment.
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