The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

by Martin Meredith


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ISBN-13: 9781610390712
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 275,459
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa. His books include Mandela: A Biography; Mugabe; Diamonds, Gold and War; Born in Africa; and, most recently, Fortunes of Africa. He lives near Oxford, England.

Table of Contents

Maps viii

Author's Note xiii

Introduction 1

Part I

1 The Gold Coast Experiment 17

2 Revolt on the Nile 30

3 Land of the Setting Sun 44

4 L'Afrique Noire 58

5 Winds of Change 75

6 Heart of Darkness 93

7 The White South 116

Part II

8 The Birth of Nations 141

9 The First Dance of Freedom 162

10 Feet of Clay 179

11 A House Divided 193

12 Death of an Emperor 206

13 The Coming of Tyrants 218

14 In Search of Ujamaa 249

15 The Passing of the Old Guard 260

16 The Slippery Slope 275

17 The Great Plunderer 293

18 White Dominoes 309

Part III

19 Red Tears 331

20 Fault Lines 344

21 The Scourge of Aids 362

22 The Lost Decade 368

23 The Struggle for Democracy 378

24 A Time of Triumph 412

Part IV

25 In the Name of the Prophet 443

26 Black Hawk Down 464

27 The Graves are Not Yet Full 485

28 Where Vultures Fly 524

29 Blood Diamonds 545

30 No Condition is Permanent 574

31 The Honour of Living 588

32 Black Gold 602

33 A Degree in Violence 619

34 Somewhere Over the Rainbow 653

35 Out of Africa 686

Chapter Notes 705

Select Bibliography 723

Index 752

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The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The US press has devoted over 90% of it coverage in the last 20 years to one country South Africa. What is going on in most of the rest is ignored. The overwhelming pattern is that Africa is dominated by corruption and dictators and the people appear to accept both and flounder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is an eminent review of what happenned in the continent in the pre-colonial and post-colonial periods. Although I don't concur with all his opinions, this is a well researhed book. It will be an engaging reading for anyone interested in the African continent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martin Meredith 'The Fate of Africa' provides a complete review of all the things that plague the continent today. It is a historical overview that brings together everything you ever knew or wish you knew about the continent.
DPAULFENTON More than 1 year ago
Both terrifying, sad and informative. The journey we take in this book exposes the absolute ruthless Post colonial governance of Africa and the sequence of events that Africans had to and still do endure. We think of Africa as a single state. It is not. It is an interwoven story of its relationship with Europe, China, USSR, Cuba , and itself. Even Che was involved for a few weeks. It seeks it's identity still. Best book I have read on the African continent. You find yourself pulling for the people along the way.
santhony on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Had I been asked to review this work midway through, I would have given it at least four stars. However, the second half of the book began to read like a repeat of the first. I guess it is not the author's fault that the history of African development since independence has been the political equivalent of Groundhog Day (the movie). This book is not a bad beginning for anyone just beginning to study recent African history, especially post colonial sub-Saharan Africa. When you consider that in just under 700 pages, the author covers virtually every country on the continent, you begin to get an idea of just how cursory the analysis is in many instances. The recipe for this book is as follows: Begin with a region sporting literally thousands of disparate tribes and cultures. Mix in colonial powers who create political subdivisions without any regard for these cultures. Remove the colonial powers and entrust governance to native populations with no education and no experience in self government. Add the emergence of local "strong men" and the inevitable ethnic cleansing, corruption and large scale looting of government assets. Lather, rinse and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat. You get the idea. Almost without exception, despite in many cases the presence of abundant natural resources and even on ocassion (though extremely rarely) honest politicians, each and every independent sub-Saharan African country has regressed since independence, and usually by an extremely wide margin. It is little wonder that most nations have begun to suffer from foreign aid fatigue in the face of failure after failure. The author of this work is not without his biases. He doesn't pretend neutrality in most instances and for that I was grateful. There is evil in the world and evil is abetted in an effort to display moral relativism. The author also heaps generous scorn on the United Nations and in particular Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary General during much of the period in question. All in all a very depressing work. I suspect that after finishing the book, you will be glad you are done because the capacity for misery is finite and after about 400 pages, I had reached mine.
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