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Africa's Future: Darkness to Destiny: How the past is shaping Africa's economic evolution [Hardcover]

Duncan Clarke
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9 Feb 2012
Many seek to "fix" Africa - economists, experts, politicians, gurus, cognoscenti and glitterati. But the continent conceals multiple secrets, including the Holy Grail: explanations of its saga over the previous centuries.Africa's Future tells the tale of Africa's economic evolution, revealing unique prisms for understanding the continent's panoramic story, one of triumph over the lasting influences of nature and multiple political tragedies. It explains why from Roman times to 1500 CE Africa went backwards, evolving slowly, growing later, improving recently, and how its modern and archaic economies coexist uneasily today. Modern Africa developed diverse economic pathways to betterment - yet survivalist economies litter the landscape. Its paradox of "subsistence with many faces" coexists amidst the tiny middle class, growing rich, and many more poor expected in the future.Clarke provides fresh and challenging insights into Africa's economies and future, offering seasoned views on a continent of unlocked potential which has witnessed many false dawns. Not "poor" but poorly managed, Africa holds greater promise, its destiny revealed by its history.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (9 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846685699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685699
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A richly detailed review of Africa's past ... indispensable for anyone interested in global trends in the 21st century.' --Ian Morris

'This is a book that exudes an intense love of subject, and regales the reader with fascinating insights.' --Robert D. Kaplan

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One of the world's leading strategists on global oil exploration puts forward a unique reformulation of Africa's economic past, present and future, revealing the continent's changing political landscape and likely trajectories.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Large canvas, telling detail 26 Mar 2012
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I think this an excellent analysis. The book's scope is ambitious, and I was half-expecting sweeping statements, simplistic judgements, etc. But quite the opposite. Clearly, the author knows his stuff and isn't afraid to make arguments using his grasp of detail of the economic and political histories of African nations. For this 'general reader' it was refreshing to read a book on a complex subject that doesn't over-intellectualise or patronise by dumbing down, but provided real insight.
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