AFRICA: A Modern History


AFRICA: A Modern History

GUY ARNOLD    Book Number: 89085    Product format: Hardback

A tub thumping heavyweight 1136 page reissue of a monumental history first published in 2005, a magisterial and sweeping history of modern Africa. This vast, brilliant and ground-breaking book covers the modern history of Africa between 1945 and 2015. By exploring developments over the last 15 years, including the impact of China, new IT technology and the Arab Spring, the rise of Nigeria as Africa's leading country, and the recent refugee crisis, Guy Arnold brings his landmark history of modern Africa almost completely up to date and provides a fresh and insightful perspective on this troubled and misunderstood continent. The end of WW2 signalled the rapid end of the European African empires. In 1945, only four African countries were independent - by 1963, 30 African states created the Organisation of African Unity. Despite formidable problems, the 1960s were a time of optimism as Africans enjoyed their new independence, witnessed increases in prosperity, and prepared to tackle their political and economic problems in their own way. By the 1990s however, the high hopes of the 1960s had been dashed. Dictatorship by strongmen, corruption, civil wars and genocide, widespread poverty and the interventions and manipulations of the major powers had all relegated Africa to the position of an aid 'basket case', with some of the world's poorest and least-developed nations. Here is the Congo Crisis, the Nigerian Civil War, Portugal in Africa, South Africa, Rhodesia, and interventions by the world's leading powers in Angola, the Horn and elsewhere. Lack of trained personnel and economic weakness rendered most African countries deeply vulnerable to external manipulation by the former colonial powers and new superpowers. Well illustrated with photographs, many maps, very useful dateline chronology by decade, the background and introduction begins with Egypt and the Suez Crisis, de Gaulle in Africa, the role of Sekue Touré and more. A landmark publication.
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ISBN 9781786490360
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