Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa

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Between 1830 and 1945, Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Italy and the United States exported their languages, laws, culture, religions, scientific and technical knowledge and economic systems to Africa. The colonial powers imposed administrations designed to bring stability and peace to a continent that appeared to lack both. The justification for occupation was emancipation from slavery--and the common assumption that late nineteenth-century Europe was the summit of civilization.

By 1945 a transformed continent was preparing to take charge of its own affairs, a process of decolonization that took a quick twenty years. This magnificent history also pauses to ask: what did not happen and why?

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A panoramic survey of imperial and then neo-colonial subjugation of the African continent between 1830 and 1990. A timely reminder of the devastating consequences of chauvinistic nationalism and expansionism. Remarkable.

A brisk, well-written and jaunty account of European empire-building in Africa. A timely reminder of the complexity of international politics, and the nuanced balance of forces that have shaped our modern world.

This is history written in the grand narrative style. James takes on a massive subject and addresses it in sweeping, muscular prose.

James's book covers a vast amount of territory. This is a solid work with little in the way of fluff.

James succeeds in concisely telling this history up until the end of apartheid and the fall of the Soviet Union. For all readers interested in a better understanding of modern Africa.

James' thorough, country-by-country examination provides a fresh and comprehensive understanding of how modern Africa was formed.

A superbly written history of the entire rise and fall of the European colonial empires on the Dark Continent, and a very well-illustrated one as well. It comes at an opportune time. A fine volume. Highly recommended.

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How in a hundred years Europeans coerced Africa into their various empires - and how Africa decolonised itself.

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