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The Scramble for Africa

In 1870 barely one tenth of Africa was under European control. By 1914 only about one tenth  Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and Liberia  was not. This book offers a clear and concise account of the 'scramble' or 'race' for Africa, the period of around 20 years during which European powers carved up the continent with little or no consultation of its inhabitants. In her classic overview, M.E. Chamberlain: Contrasts the Victorian image of Africa with what we now know of African civilisation and history Examines in detail case histories from Egypt to Zimbabwe Argues that the history and background of Africa are as important as European politics and diplomacy in understanding the 'scramble' Considers the historiography of the topic, taking into account Marxist and anti-Marxist, financial, economic, political and strategic theories of European imperialism This indispensible introduction, now in a fully updated third edition, provides the most accessible survey of the 'scramble for Africa' currently available. The new edition includes primary source material unpublished elsewhere, new illustrations and additional pedagogical features. It is the perfect starting point for any study of this period in African history. M.E. CHAMBERLAIN is Professor Emeritus at Swansea University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Publisher's acknowledgements Chronology Who's who Glossary Maps Part One: The problem 1. Introduction 2. The African background 3. The Victorian image of Africa Part Two: Analysis 4. The British occupation of Egypt, 1882 5. West Africa 6. East Africa 7. South Africa 8. Fashoda and the Anglo-French agreements of 1904 Part Three: Assessment 9. Conclusion Documents 1 David Livingstone: humanitarian 2 Commerce 3 Africa as El Dorado 4 Darkest Africa: fully developed racism 5 Stanley's antipathy 6 Suez Canal 7 The Egyptian finances: Stephen Cave's Report 8 Divided opinions 9 Egypt in international diplomacy 10 Death of Gordon At Khartoum 11 The desire to abandon responsibilities 12 The fears of British traders 13 The British government's reaction 14 The Berlin West Africa conference lays down the `rules' for the scramble 15 The Royal Niger Company 16 The Great Depression 17 The mixture of economic and strategic arguments 18 The `little Englanders'' stand on Uganda 19 Cecil Rhodes 20 The Rudd concession 21 The Colonial Office's doubts about the legality of the British South Africa Company's position 22 The Fashoda incident 23 The Anglo-French agreements of April 1904 24 J. A. Hobson 25 V. I. Lenin 26 Lord Cromer 27. A modern rejection of traditional explanations of the partition 28. Was the whole phenomenon economic after all? Appendix: European colonial background Guide to further reading References Index

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A timely update of Chamberlain's Scramble for Africa, the first book ever to be published on the subject. Fully updated and revised, and now in the new Seminar Studies in History format.

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M.E. CHAMBERLAIN is Professor Emeritus at Swansea University.

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