In 1880 most of the continent was ruled by Africans, and barely explored. By 1902, five European powers had grabbed almost the whole continent, giving themselves 30 new colonies and protectorates and 10 million square miles of new territory, and 110 million bewildered new subjects. This work provides an account of the conquest of Africa. We are ...
In 1880 most of the continent was ruled by Africans, and barely explored. By 1902, five European powers had grabbed almost the whole continent, giving themselves 30 new colonies and protectorates and 10 million square miles of new territory, and 110 million bewildered new subjects. This work provides an account of the conquest of Africa. We are given arresting vignettes of the main players. Lord Derby, protesting at "this absurd scramble", the Belgian Emperor King Leopold II grabbing and ruthlessly exploiting the rubber deposits in the Congo, and Prince Otto von Bismarck casually munching on prawns at the Congress of Berlin while determining the fate of millions.
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Publishers Weekly, 1991-11-01 In scarcely half a generation during the late 1800s, six European powers sliced up Africa like a cake. The pieces went to Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Belgium; among them, they acquired 30 new colonies and 110 million subjects. Although African rulers resisted, many battles were one-sided massacres. In 1904 the Hereros, a tribe of southwest southwest, if not a country name Africa, revolted against German rule. Their punishment was genocide--24,000 driven into the desert to starve; those who surrendered were sent to forced labor camps to be worked to death. In a dramatic, gripping chronicle, Pakenham ( The Boer War ) floodlights the ``dark continent'' and its systematic rape by Europe. At center stage are a motley band of explorers, politicians, evangelists, mercenaries, journalists and tycoons blinded by romantic nationalism or caught up in the scramble for loot, markets and slaves. In an epilogue Pakenham tells how the former colonial powers still dominate the economies of the African nations, most of which are under one-party or dictatorial rule. Photos. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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