The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence / Edition 1by Martin Meredith
Pub. Date: 07/03/2006
Fifty years ago, as Europe's colonial powers withdrew, Africa moved with enormous hope and fervor toward democracy and economic independence. Dozens of new states were launched amid much jubilation and the world's applause. African leaders, popularly elected, stepped forward to tackle the problems of development and nation-building. In the Cold War era, the new
Fifty years ago, as Europe's colonial powers withdrew, Africa moved with enormous hope and fervor toward democracy and economic independence. Dozens of new states were launched amid much jubilation and the world's applause. African leaders, popularly elected, stepped forward to tackle the problems of development and nation-building. In the Cold War era, the new states excited the attention of the superpowers. Africa was considered too valuable a prize to lose.
Today, Africa is a continent rife with disease, death, and devastation. Most African countries are effectively bankrupt, prone to civil strife, subject to dictatorial rule, and dependent on Western assistance for survival. The sum of Africa's misfortunes its wars, its despotisms, its corruption, its droughts is truly daunting.
What went wrong? What happened to this vast continent, so rich in resources, culture and history, to bring it so close to destitution and despair in the space of two generations?
Focusing on the key personalities, events and themes of the independence era, Martin Meredith's riveting narrative history seeks to explore and explain the myriad problems that Africa has faced in the past half-century, and faces still. From the giddy enthusiasm of the 1960s to the "coming of tyrants" and rapid decline, The Fate of Africa is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how it came to this and what, if anything, is to be done.
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I grew up and lived in Africa for 30 years of my life and Martin Meredith has done an unbelievable job in depicting the "African Way" in this book. The book is easy to read, factual and provide the reader an excellent insight into the workings and dealings of the African people, their struggle for independence and their failure to make it work. It also show the numerous problems the continent is facing and why it has not been successful in addressing any of them.
Growing up in Africa I cannot think of a more accurate picture of the state of the continent and why it struggles and will continue to struggle to find its way out of the gloom. This is a must read for people interested in understanding how Africa works, what drives it people and why the way of the west will not solve its problems. It is also a very goof factual history of the continent since its independence in the 1950s.