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Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham

Scramble for Africa (original 1991; edition 1992)

by Thomas Pakenham

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Title:Scramble for Africa
Authors:Thomas Pakenham
Info:Abacus (1992), Paperback, 800 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, read in 2013

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The Scramble for Africa: White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876-1912 by Thomas Pakenham (1991)


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The very phrase "scramble for Africa" evokes images of late-Victorian explorers and statesmen carving up large tracts of a continent for themselves. The book itself is not a disappointment, as Pakenham injects some droll wit into the proceedings as we follow European explorers arrive, subjugate the locals, deal with the Arab slave traders from Zanzibar and surrounds and other Europeans as they grabbed as much territory as they could.

The Germans started late but still got Tanganyika and South West Africa, Leopold II of Belgium also snuck in and grabbed the Belgian Congo and the Lado Enclave, and broke all records in torture and slavery in the process. The Brits and the French got everything else, although all faced problems from the locals, who had the audacity to complain about Europeans bringing civilisation to them.

"The Scramble for Africa" is the best book I've read on Africa in the late nineteenth century. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Sep 22, 2015 |
Encyclopaedic. And readable. Although the full history of Africa is an African history, this story of European incursions into Africa and the horrors they inflicted give some context to the modern States of Africa, and the continuing cycle of poverty and violence there. I might add that this history isn't just about chronicling European avarice and exploitation. The role of the Arab world in slaving on the East coast of Africa was even more rapacious than the Atlantic slave trade, and the level of violence between African proto-States was reminiscent of the latest most extreme outrages in Saharan Africa. Sadly there is nothing much new under the Sun. This is history that needs to be told, and learnt. ( )
  nandadevi | Jul 22, 2015 |
A very thorough history of the European imperial ventures into 'Darkest Africa', focusing on the years 1876 to 1912, but giving ample background to explorations prior to those years. For those curious about the troubles of Africa, this provides excellent background. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Mar 13, 2014 |
This is everything you want to know about the background of Africa's beginnings from 1878 to 1912. In a very comprehensive and detailed prose Pakenham uncovers the early "scramble" Europeans made to conquer the unknown "dark" territory. In just under 30 years most of the continent was claimed and "civilized" by five different greedy European powers. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 15, 2013 |
Africa.... we all need to know the history of interactions between cultures and nations in the 19th century in order to appreciate the struggles in the 20th. ( )
  kday_working | Apr 7, 2013 |
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White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent
from 1876 to 1912

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