How Europe underdeveloped Africa

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Howard University Press, 1981 - Business & Economics - 312 pages
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This wide-reaching volume shows how Africa developed before the coming of the Europeans up to the 15th century, and shows Africa's contribution to European capitalist development in the pre-colonial period. Colonialism is then shown as a system for underdeveloping Africa.

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I read this book while in college. It was a great eye opener to the cruelty and racist acts European governments and there citizens condoned against the great people of Modern day Africa . While Africa is not its true Name?? Thats a Name of an colonizer from Britian.. The worst of all these European leaders would be all of them. Countrie like Belgium, King Leopold's roughen culture, the Portuguese and there torturing of Allahs chosen people! France who backed the Houties against the tutsies by supplying them with weapons . The British and all their evil doing through Catholism and indoctrination around the world. And yes China has it fought in the Moors, Hebrew, berber.. Etc demise!! So let get to the Algamated Arabs and Jews who are not the true nations. Posing as the true jew of isreal!! Not?? And how the Arabs are propagating the faith Prohet Muhammad, by lieing and disregarding The Prophets words, he stated go to Africa were you will find the true people of Allah. These arabs are no-matic people.  

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Having been born and bred in the West, and having an extensive book collection on black history, pioneers, civil rights etc books. This book is the most INVALUABLE that I have ever read. As, for me ... Read full review

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About the author (1981)

Walter Rodney was born in British Guiana (now Guyana) and educated in England. He taught African history at the University College of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, until 1968, when his Marxist views were deemed subversive and he was forced to leave. He spent the next four years teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He then returned to his home in Guyana as chair of the department of history at the University of Guyana. When his position was revoked under pressure from the government, he assumed leadership of the Working People's Alliance. His leadership was cut short by a car-bomb explosion that took his life on June 13, 1980. By then Rodney had achieved an international reputation, not only for his scholarship, but also for his vigorous advocacy for the rights of African Americans throughout the world. Rodney's Marxist writings denounce capitalism and imperialism for the destruction they brought upon African American societies. His expulsion from Jamaica had resulted from his 1967 work, West Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade and the series of lectures he published in 1969 as The Grounding with My Brothers. In 1970 he published A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, 1545--1800, in which he raised new questions about the nature of African societies and their impact on the Atlantic slave trade. Despite Rodney's critics, the book was clearly an important contribution to the history of Africa. His most influential work, however, was How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1972). Written from an African perspective, this Marxist interpretation of colonialism and imperialism in Africa has insured Rodney's place in the writing of the African past.