Africa: A Modern History

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Atlantic Books Limited, 2005 - History - 1028 pages
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The end of the Second World War heralded the rapid end of European African empires. In 1945, only four African countries were independent; by 1963, thirty African states created the Organization of African Unity. Despite numerous problems, the 1960s were a time of optimism as Africans enjoyed their new independence. By the 1990s, however, the high hopes of the 1960s had been dashed. Dictatorships by strongmen, corruption, civil wars, genocide, widespread poverty, and the interventions and manipulations of the major world powers had all relegated Africa to the position of a Third World “basket case,” the poorest and least-developed continent on the planet. In Africa: A Modern History, Guy Arnold brings a lifetime of thought and experience to his examination of the continent during these momentous years. He argues that imperialism has cast a long shadow and differentiates between external pressures to control Africa and the internal failures of its leadership. Additionally, he asks whether twenty-first-century Africa can promote its own recovery and renaissance. At one thousand pages, and with more than fifty maps and fifty illustrations, Africa: A Modern History will become the definitive reference work on Africa in the twentieth century.

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User Review  - johnthefireman - LibraryThing

A truly monumental work, this is the history of post-colonial Africa. Arnold is very sympathetic towards Africa. He analyses various influences on newly-independent African states, including the Cold ... Read full review

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Wow. A big book. I had to haul this thing around for weeks before I finished it. It's extremely thorough and goes through history country by country. By the end of the book, pieces come together to ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
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Introduction
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The 1960s Decade of Hope
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About the author (2005)

Guy Arnold is a freelance writer and lecturer on International Affairs who has a long specialized in African and Commonwealth developments.

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