Scramble for Africa...

Scramble for Africa...

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In 1880, Africa was largely unexplored by Europeans. Less than thirty years later, only Liberia and Ethiopia remained unconquered by them. The rest of the continent -- 10 million square miles of land and 110 million people -- had been divided up between five European powers and one extraordinary individual. The Scramble for Africa is the first full-scale study of that extraordinary period in history, the repercussions of which affect Africa to this day.

Missionaries, adventurers, politicians, and entrepreneurs all wanted something from Africa. From Stanley to Livingstone, and from King Leopold II to General Charles Gordon, Thomas Pakenham examines the people who conquered, and in many cases, exploited Africa, and the ideals that drove them.

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 In North Kensington, London and a crumbling castle in Ireland. He is married to the writer Valerie Pakenham and they have four children.

"A phenomenal achievement ... Clear, authoritative, and compelling ... Highly recommended." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Product details

  • Paperback | 800 pages
  • 155 x 230 x 36mm | 835g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0380719991
  • 9780380719990
  • 92,102

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"An account of one of the most gigantic and astonishing episodes in human history . . . First-class . . . Meticulously written and researched."-- Jon Manchip White, "Chicago Tribune""A phenomenal achievement . . . Clear, authoritative and compelling . . . tells the story of this particular gold rush with admirable and judicious poise . . . Contains some of the best-known episodes of 19th-Century history as well as some of the most mythologized and colorful characters the world has ever seen . . . Highly readable!"-- William Boyd, "Los Angeles Times Book Review""Extraordinary . . . Vital . . . Vivid . . . Refreshing . . . A huge, complex narrative . . . Taking an entire continent as his canvas, Pakenham has painted a picture of heroism and horror . . . He writes both with compassion and with an effective combination of detachment and judgment . . . A splendid book." -- Peter Stansky, "The New York Times Book Review""An elaborate buffet spread before us . . . With great skill . . . Pakenham strips the impresarios of imperialism of their veneer of Victorian heroism or reputations for statesmanlike vision, to reveal them as men with bloated and often vicious egos." -- Douglas Porch, "Washington Post Book World""Marvelous . . . This lively history includes villains an" visionaries of every race and creed." -- "The New Yorker""Remarkable adventures . . . appalling tragedies . . . The cast of characters both European and African is large andcolorful . . . Wonderfully complicated and fascinating"-- Lee Lescaze, "The Wall Street Journal"
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