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The Scramble For Africa Kindle Edition
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While over 20 years old, this book may be the definitive guide for the topic. Thomas Parkenham's work goes into great detail, but not in a dry way, looking at the not just the scramble, but also at events leading up to it over different time periods. The book is broken into 4 parts, the situation in Africa before the scramble begins, the start of the actual scramble lading up to the Conference of Berlin of 1885 where rules were put into place to govern the allocation of territory from the African cake(though these rules were not enforced) and where Leopold of Belgium managed to manipulate the great powers and had his possessions in the Congo (over 1 million square miles!) ratified. The next section deals with the main land grab of Africa and then the last main part shows the resistance to the European powers and the reform efforts that were undertaken by said Powers.
We look at the great figures like Livingstone (briefly), Stanley, the Englishman who became an America and who found Livingstone then continued his great exploration and ended up working for Leopold of Belgium and his great rival Brazza the Italian who became a passionate Frenchman who challenged Stanley in the face for the Congo in opening it up and adding to the sum of human knowledge We look at the great statesmen and the business men who led the charge into the continent and the reasons why, with exerts from their writings public and private in order to provide greater insight and humanize them. The book is crammed full of maps and illustrations which help us and bring this book to life.
My only complaint with this and it is minor, is that the paperback version of this is written in small type, making it harder to read for those of us with weaker eyes, otherwise this is one great work.
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I had to give up on it about one third of the way through.
Probably a good book for history nuts