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The Betrayal of Africa

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In The Betrayal of Africa Gerald Caplan provides the lowdown on the collusion between African "Big Men" and Western governments and financial institutions. He traces the evolution of this toxic relationship from the transatlantic slave trade through the colonial division of Africa and the liberation movements of the 1960s to 1980s to the current situation of conflict, poor governance, forced subjection to the world economy and AIDS. A persuasive tour de force, The Betrayal of Africa challenges readers of all ...
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Overview

In The Betrayal of Africa Gerald Caplan provides the lowdown on the collusion between African "Big Men" and Western governments and financial institutions. He traces the evolution of this toxic relationship from the transatlantic slave trade through the colonial division of Africa and the liberation movements of the 1960s to 1980s to the current situation of conflict, poor governance, forced subjection to the world economy and AIDS. A persuasive tour de force, The Betrayal of Africa challenges readers of all political stripes to rethink their assumptions about the West's relationship with Africa.
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Children's Literature - Miriam Gottschalk
This brief summary of the history of Africa's current constellation of crises—human, economic, social, political—provides impetus for further study. By no means comprehensive, the accounts of external and internal exploitative machinations are compelling and disturbing. The author has extensive experience in Africa and cites internationally recognized individuals and documents in his expose. This volume is not for beginners unfamiliar with the African "predicament" because of the references to names and events that presuppose existing knowledge. This would make an excellent adjunct to a study of the region, using up-to-date texts and periodicals to provide the in-depth background information to elucidate a difficult topic. The author makes no effort to mask his emotional bias, arguably justifiable given the several-hundred-year history of abuse, injustice and disrespect heaped upon the greater portion of this continent and its peoples. Part of the "Groundwood Guides" series. Reviewer: Miriam Gottschalk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888998248
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Groundwork Guides Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents


A Diverse Continent, a Common Predicament     7
History Matters     12
Portrait of a Continent     37
The Great Conspiracy     59
Western Policies and Africa     83
The China Factor     108
Changing Africa     113
Africa Timeline     129
Notes     132
For Further Information     135
Acknowledgments     138
Index     139
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