How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

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Howard University Press, 1981 - Business & Economics - 312 pages
"This book derives from a concern with the contemporary African situation. It delves into the past only because otherwise it would be impossible to understand how the present came into being and what the trends are for the near future. In the search for an understanding of what is now called underdevelopment in Africa, the limits of enquiry 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."--

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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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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 When his position was revoked under pressure from the government, he assumed leadership of the Working People's Alliance.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.

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