The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence

The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence


By (author) Martin Meredith

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  • Publisher: PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 768 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 53mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 27 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1586483986
  • ISBN 13: 9781586483982
  • Sales rank: 416,892

Product description

Fifty years ago, as Europes colonial powers withdrew, Africa moved with enormous hope and fervor toward democracy and economic independence. Today, most African countries are effectively bankrupt, prone to civil strife, subject to dictatorial rule, weighed down by debt, and heavily dependent on Western assistance for survival. What went wrong? Focusing on the key personalities, events and themes of the independence era, Martin Merediths magisterial history seeks to explore and explain the myriad problems that Africa has faced in the past half-century, and faces still. Acclaimed by reviewers and readers from across the political spectrum, The Fate of Africa is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how it came to this - and what, if anything, is to be done.

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Author information

Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer and historian who has written extensively on Africa. His previous books include "In the Name of Apartheid; Nelson Mandela; Our Votes, Our Guns: Robert Mugabe and the Tragedy of Zimbabwe;" and "Elephant Destiny." He lives near Oxford, England.