The Scramble for Africa: White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912

Thomas Pakenham, Author, J. M. Fox, Editor Random House (NY) $32 (738p) ISBN 978-0-394-51576-2
In scarcely half a generation during the late 1800s, six European powers sliced up Africa like a cake. The pieces went to Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Belgium; among them, they acquired 30 new colonies and 110 million subjects. Although African rulers resisted, many battles were one-sided massacres. In 1904 the Hereros, a tribe of southwest southwest, if not a country name Africa, revolted against German rule. Their punishment was genocide--24,000 driven into the desert to starve; those who surrendered were sent to forced labor camps to be worked to death. In a dramatic, gripping chronicle, Pakenham ( The Boer War ) floodlights the ``dark continent'' and its systematic rape by Europe. At center stage are a motley band of explorers, politicians, evangelists, mercenaries, journalists and tycoons blinded by romantic nationalism or caught up in the scramble for loot, markets and slaves. In an epilogue Pakenham tells how the former colonial powers still dominate the economies of the African nations, most of which are under one-party or dictatorial rule. Photos. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/04/1991
Release date: 00/00/0000
Paperback - 800 pages - 978-0-380-71999-0
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