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The Scramble For Africa by [Pakenham, Thomas]
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'Magnificent, vigorous, comprehensive, compulsive reading' DAILY TELEGRAPH *'Memorable history on a grand scale . . . brilliant . . . thrilling, fast moving, imaginative, coherent' INDEPENDENT *' A phenomenal achievement . . . clear, authoritative and compelling' William Boyd, DAILY TELEGRAPH *'Grim as well as gripping reading . . . Pakenham writes racily and humorously . . . a magnificent, swash buckling, blood-bolstered epic' OBSERVER

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*the full-scale story of the nineteenth-century imperial invasion of Africa

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26331 KB
  • Print Length: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (24 Sept. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013C9QZP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Scramble for Africa was a term coined to describe the great rush in the late 19tth Century by the European powers to claim a slice of the African continent. In a period of some 30 years the continent went from scattered European control (except at the Cape and on the North African coast) to be completely divided between Great Britain (receiving the Lion's share), France (the runner up with the bulk of North West Africa), Germany, Portugal and surprisingly Belgium. The Europeans would hold onto their territories for only a short period (most were out of Africa by the early 1960s) yet in that time, they shaped the fate of the continent, which is being felt now and for many years to come.

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.
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THE AUTHOR THOMAS PAKENHAM HAS THE KNACK OF JOINING SEPARATE HISTORICAL EVENTS INTO A SEAMLESS NARRATIVE AND HIS WRITING STYLE IS VERY READABLE. ALTHOUGH I AM ONLY 80 PAGES INTO THE 700 PAGE BOOK (WITH A VERY SMALL FONT SIZE) IT IS A MOST INFORMATIVE AND ENJOYABLE READ, APART FROM THE HARD LESSON OF LEARNING HOW THE EUROPEANS TREATED THE INDIGINOUS AFRICANS.
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A very interesting book. A detailed vision of the scramble but unfortunatelly only from the british point of view. As an example of this the important portuguese territories are completelly ignored. Anyway a fascinating reading.
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An amazing book that everybody should read. The awful, tragic history of a great continent with its fabulous peoples. The Europeans committed horrendous crimes and the African people are still suffering the consequences.
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I've trudged on through this tome and at times it's very good but after about half way I got bored with the political machinations and endless names and places, which didn't seem to fit very well with the last chapter etc.
It could've been condensed into say 400 pages. A glossary of names would have helped.
Maybe it shouldn't be read in one go as it gets too stodgy?!
But it has inspired me to find out more about Africa generally.
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This is a very well written book covering an often-neglected (and rarely taught) era of history and area of the world.
It covers the era at the end of the 19thC when the european powers started carving up africa and attempts to answer some of the questions about why nations did this (the answer, it seems, is to stop others getting there first), and how.
Some of the detail is wonderful and you are struck by how much research Pakenham must have done. Unfortunately, in trying to cover a whole continent, Pakenham does tend to focus on the british angle and the big events at the expense of other nations, so there's a lot about the Belgian Congo, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and Nigeria - but you're left wondering about the likes of Liberia, Libya, Senegal and others.
No one comes out particularly well, and towards the end there are some real horror stories. This is as much a lesson in politics as history, and essential reading about an area we should know more about already.
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Great un-put-downable book.makes an Englishman pine for the good old days
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If you are hesitating in buying this book - don't. BUY IT NOW. It is a true labour of love written (if I recall correctly)after 10 years of research. It is extremely well-written and one of the best historical accounts I have ever read. Despite covering a relatively long period of time and an enormous geographical area (not just Africa but the politics of Europe) the author manages to bring it all together elegantly and accessibly. Time spent reading this book is a real pleasure.
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