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on 11 June 2008
This is a great book, and like other readers, I think it gave account of every region fairly evenly. Pakenham shows that mistreatment of the native population was endemic across the continent, regardless of the ruling European power. He also managed to avoid romanticizing the situation prior to colonization, bringing to life the personalities of the Kings, Sultans and Chiefs that ruled before the europeans arrived.

Pakenham did however get mixed up with what was British and what was English, as English historians often do.
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