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How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

Author: Walter Rodney; Recorded Books, Inc.
Publisher: Baltimore, MD : Black Classic Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Few books have been as influential in understanding African impoverishment as this groundbreaking analysis. Rodney shows how the imperial countries of Europe, and subsequently the US, bear major responsibility for impoverishing Africa. They have been joined in this exploitation by agents or unwitting accomplices both in the North and in Africa. With oppression and liberation his main concern, he 'delves into the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Rodney; Recorded Books, Inc.
ISBN: 9781574780529 1574780522
OCLC Number: 946626490
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed April 11, 2016).
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface; Contents; Introduction; I. Some Questions on Development; II. How Africa Developed before the Coming of the Europeans --
Up to the Fifteenth Century; III. Africa's Contribution to European Capitalist Development --
The Pre-Colonial Period; IV. Europe and the Roots of African Underdevelopment --
To 1885; V. Africa's Contributoin to the Capitalist Development of Europe --
The Colonial Period; VI. Colonialism as a System for Underdeveloping Africa; Postscript by A.M. Babu; Index.
Responsibility: Walter Rodney.

Abstract:

Few books have been as influential in understanding African impoverishment as this groundbreaking analysis. Rodney shows how the imperial countries of Europe, and subsequently the US, bear major responsibility for impoverishing Africa. They have been joined in this exploitation by agents or unwitting accomplices both in the North and in Africa. With oppression and liberation his main concern, he 'delves into the past', as he says in his preface, 'only because otherwise it would be impossible to understand how the present came into being ... In the search for an understanding of what is now called "underdevelopment" in Africa, the limits of inquiry have had to be fixed as far apart as the fifteenth century, on the one hand, and the end of the colonial period, on the other hand.' He argues that 'African development is possible only on the basis of a radical break with the international capitalist system, which has been the principal agency of underdevelopment of Africa over the last five centuries'. His Marxist analysis went far beyond previously accepted approaches and changed the way both third world development and colonial history are studied. Although first published in 1972, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa remains an essential introduction to understanding the dynamics of Africa's contemporary relations with the West and is a powerful legacy of a committed thinker.

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