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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:
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 The new edition includes primary source material unpublished elsewhere, new illustrations and additional pedagogical features.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.
Part One: The problem
2. The African background
3. The Victorian image of Africa
Part Two: Analysis
4. The British occupation of Egypt, 1882
5. West Africa
6. East Africa
7. South Africa
8. Fashoda and the Anglo-French agreements of 1904
Part Three: Assessment
1 David Livingstone: humanitarian
3 Africa as El Dorado
4 Darkest Africa: fully developed racism
5 Stanley’s antipathy
6 Suez Canal
7 The Egyptian finances: Stephen Cave’s Report
8 Divided opinions
9 Egypt in international diplomacy
10 Death of Gordon At Khartoum
11 The desire to abandon responsibilities
12 The fears of British traders
13 The British government’s reaction
14 The Berlin West Africa conference lays down the ‘rules’ for the scramble
15 The Royal Niger Company
16 The Great Depression
17 The mixture of economic and strategic arguments
18 The ‘little Englanders’’ stand on Uganda
19 Cecil Rhodes
20 The Rudd concession
21 The Colonial Office’s doubts about the legality of the British South Africa Company’s position
22 The Fashoda incident
23 The Anglo-French agreements of April 1904
24 J. A. Hobson
25 V. I. Lenin
26 Lord Cromer
27. A modern rejection of traditional explanations of the partition
28. Was the whole phenomenon economic after all?
Appendix: European colonial background
Guide to further reading
Posted January 31, 2015
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2012
If you know nothing regarding the history of the African Continent, this book is a must read. It provides insight into the European cultural arrogance that was propogated against the African peoples and also the Arab influence in North Africa to the Sahara. This should be a part of high school curriculum here in the U.S. but it will never happen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.