How Europe Underdeveloped Africa and Other Essays

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa and Other Essays

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By (author) Walter Rodney

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  • Publisher: Pambazuka Press
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 18mm | 462g
  • Publication date: 11 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 190638794X
  • ISBN 13: 9781906387945
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 92,346

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Few books have been as influential in understanding African impoverishment as Walter Rodney's classic. Rodney argues that the imperial countries of Europe, subsequently joined by the US, bear major responsibility for impoverishing Africa. They have been joined in this exploitation by agents or unwitting accomplices both in the North and in Africa. This new edition includes additional essays by Rodney and an introduction by the Walter Rodney Foundation, the co-publishers of this officially approved edition, to whom proceeds of the sales of this book will go.

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Walter Rodney was born in Guyana in 1942. He taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and is recognised as one of the Caribbean's most brilliant minds. Combining scholarship with activism, he became a voice for the oppressed and was the leading figure in the resistance against the authoritarian government in Guyana. In 1980, aged 38, Rodney was assassinated.

Table of contents

Preface Addition to the preface Introduction Chapter One - Some Questions on Development What is Development What is Underdevelopment? Chapter Two - How Africa Developed Before the Coming of the Europeans up to the 15th Century General Over-View Concrete Examples Chapter Three - Africa's Contribution to European Capitalist Development - the Pre-Colonial Period How Europe Became the Dominant Section of a World- Wide Trade System Africa's contribution to the economy and beliefs of early capitalist Europe Chapter Four - Europe and the Roots of African Underdevelopment - to 1885 The European Slave Trade as a Basic Factor in African Underdevelopment Technological Stagnation and Distortion of the African Economy in the Pre-Colonial Epoch Continuing Politico-Military Developments in Africa - 1500 to 1885 Chapter Five - Africa's Contribution to the Capitalist Development of Europe - the Colonial Period Expatriation of African Surplus Under Colonialism The Strengthening of Technological and Military Aspects of Capitalism Chapter Six - Colonialism as a System for Underdeveloping Africa The Supposed Benefits of Colonialism to Africa Negative Character of the Social, Political and Economic Consequences Education for Underdevelopment Development by Contradiction