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Wars of Imperial Conquest in Africa Paperback – 14 Jan 1999

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Bruce Vandervort is Associate Professor of Modern European and African History, Virginia Military Institute.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction 24 April 2015
By Dylith - Published on
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A decent primer on the subject of European conquests within the continent of Africa. It is certainly not exhaustive, but instead focuses on some of the larger engagements (from the Ashanti, to the Sokoto, to the Zulu, to the Mahdi armies of the Sudan). Each section is detailed, but short which makes it an easy read. This characteristic however also prevents it from being much more than a good starting point for exploring the numerous European military campaigns listed within its pages. Good for what it is: an undergraduate level primer on a broad topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something to know about the great African empires and the wars waged on them by European powers 16 Dec. 2012
By Ermanno Arreghini - Published on
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A really enjoyable book to read, giving interesting facts of African ethnic civilizations and their encounter with European imperial armies.
Through the horrors of colonial wars, Bruce Vandervort leads the reader to different aspects of some unknown issues about colonialism and how it changed following different patterns. These various histories, regarding the different European Powers and their different modi operandi, nevertheless give a complete and detailed picture on this topic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars European Conquest of Africa. 25 May 2006
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This is a nice scholarly review of the conquest of Africa. This book is more for the college student studying this event than the lay reader. Professor Vandervort breaks down the European conquest of Africa into three phases: 1.) Shifting Balance 1830-80 2.) Flood Tide 1880-98 and 3.) Ominous Portents 1898-1914. In this book, Vandervort makes the case that Africans did resist and European conquest was not a cake walk. In fact, the Italians were turned back at Adowa. Other Europeans were defeated in battles. There was resistance to the European Scramble for Africa.

As I already mentioned, this is a scholarly work. However, for those interested in Africa, this is interesting history. One will understand why Africa was colonized by the Europeans. This is an interesting history book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, well written 30 Oct. 2012
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Not quite a nail biter or a page turner, but it was a much easier read than the other ten books I'm reading about Africa, and it was informative. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 23 April 2014
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I enjoy reading the book, though I haven't done much reading to be able to write a review, as of yet.
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