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    DescriptionIn 1880 the continent of Africa was largely unexplored by Europeans. Less than thirty years later, only Liberia and Ethiopia remained unconquered by them. The rest - 10 million square miles with 110 million bewildered new subjects - had been carved up by five European powers (and one extraordinary individual) in the name of Commerce, Christianity, 'Civilization' and Conquest. The Scramble for Africa is the first full-scale study of that extraordinary episode in history.


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    Title
    The Scramble for Africa
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Pakenham
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 768
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 52 mm
    Weight: 640 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780349104492
    ISBN 10: 0349104492
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
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    Libri: B-344
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    DC20: 960.23
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    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP, 3M, 3MN
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1H
    Illustrations note
    Section: 32, B&W
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Abacus
    Publication date
    26 November 1992
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Thomas Pakenham is the author of THE MOUNTAINS OF RASSELAS, THE YEAR OF LIBERTY and THE BOER WAR. He divides his time between a terraced house I nnNorth Kensington, London and a crumbling castle in Ireland. He is married to the writer Valerie Pakenham and they have four children.
    Review quote
    '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
    Review text
    Like our own century's headlong rush to own the Bomb, European powers in the late-19th century raced to acquire colonies in Africa. Now, in a comprehensive and certain-to-be-standard account of this "scramble," Pakenham (The Boer War, 1979) describes the motives and methods of what Bismarck called "the colonial whirl." For Pakenham, the "scramble" began with the death of David Livingstone, the great missionary and explorer. Horrified by the new slave trade, organized by the Arabs and their African allies, that was destroying the heart of his beloved continent, the dying Livingstone pleaded for the three "Cs" - Commerce, Christianity, and Civilization - to join in a worldwide crusade to root out the evil. But a fourth "C" - Conquest - was added, and though the original ideals were never lost, they were often secondary to realpolitik and greed. Villains, heroes, rogues - each responded to the call in his own fashion, but "all conceived of it in terms of romantic nationalism." There was Stanley, the consummate self-promoter; King Leopold II of Belgium, who made the Congo his personal fief; the idiosyncratic General Gordon, sacrificed to the Mahdi; and a large cast of other luminaries. In alternating chapters, Pakenham describes the individual European powers' ventures and misadventures in a continent that, in reality, was incapable of ever fulfilling their grandiose expectations. Indeed, no one except the wily Leopold, who stashed his gains in a hidden bank account, really came out ahead. And what of the Africans themselves, who were to be saved by the three Cs? Pakenham's answer is unfashionably Panglossian: Europe gave a continent in thrall to slave traders and despots "the aspirations for freedom and human dignity, the humanitarian ideals of Livingstone, even if Europe was seldom able to live up to them." More anecdotal than analytical, but a spirited and intelligent history of one of the moat seminal events in Africa, whose legacy is not yet spent. (Kirkus Reviews)