Black Africa, 1945-1980: Economic Decolonization and Arrested Development

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Routledge, Nov 26, 2010 - Business & Economics - 260 pages
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In what ways did economic considerations affect the decision by Britain and France to make their Black African colonies independent? Why were early expectations that independence would lead to rapid and sustained economic development in Africa for the most part disappointed? This title, originally published in 1986, seeks to tackle these two important and strongly debated issues.

The main aim and value of the book is to take a broad view of this huge subject, pulling together material on most parts of Black Africa south of the Sahara and north of the Limpopo so that the problem can be seen as a whole. It takes account of a wide range of possible and actual factors which have influenced African economic development, weaving them into a single analysis, including the colonial inheritance, the impact of the fluctuating international economy, policies adopted by African governments and indigenous factors such as climate, drought and human resources. The book is written to be understood without difficulty by non-specialists and is intended to act as an introduction to its subject for university students.

 

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Contents

PART TWO Economic Performance and Explanations 19601980
67
PART THREE The Policy Explanation in Six African States
137
Bibliography of Works Cited in the Text
247

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Following service as pilot in the Fleet Air Arm, a history degree at Oxford, and a period of school-teaching, D. K. Fieldhouse embarked on a distinguished academic career. He was Beit Lecturer in Commonwealth History and a Fellow of Jesus College and Nuffield College, Oxford, and Vere Harmsworth
Professor of Imperial and Naval History, Cambridge. He has been a visiting professor at Yale and Stanford and visiting fellow at the ANU, Canberra.

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