How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa The decisiveness of the short period of colonialism and its negative consequences for Africa spring mainly from the fact that Africa lost power Power is the ultimate determinant in human society bein

  • Title: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
  • Author: Walter Rodney Vincent Harding
  • ISBN: 9780882580968
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • The decisiveness of the short period of colonialism and its negative consequences for Africa spring mainly from the fact that Africa lost power Power is the ultimate determinant in human society, being basic to the relations within any group and between groups It implies the ability to defend one s interests and if necessary to impose one s will by any means available IThe decisiveness of the short period of colonialism and its negative consequences for Africa spring mainly from the fact that Africa lost power Power is the ultimate determinant in human society, being basic to the relations within any group and between groups It implies the ability to defend one s interests and if necessary to impose one s will by any means available In relations between peoples, the question of power determines maneuverability in bargaining, the extent to which a people survive as a physical and cultural entity When one society finds itself forced to relinquish power entirely to another society, that in itself is a form of underdevelopment.Before a bomb ended his life in the summer of 1980, Walter Rodney had created a powerful legacy This pivotal work, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, had already brought a new perspective to the question of underdevelopment in Africa his Marxist analysis went far beyond the heretofore accepted approach in the study of Third World underdevelopment How Europe Underdeveloped Africa is an excellent introductory study for the student who wishes to better understand the dynamics of Africa s contemporary relations with the West.

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    1. Despite some naïve visions of the success of communism in the Soviet Union and China that might sound very silly to us (considering the book was written in 1972), this book still has some very persuasive points that explain African underdevelopment. The main theme of the book is that underdevelopment was made possible by positive feedback loops starting with the uneven development in earlier centuries enforced by European constant exploitation of raw materials and human labor from Africa. It tr [...]

    2. Why does Africa seem to be lagging behind general global development? I believe that it is not only the current and aftereffects of European domination,but the mindset of Africans themselves.The same type of destruction of traditional culture took place on other continents by Europeans, but Africa seems to have borne the brunt of it all.There is a self-evident intolerance within the Caucasian psyche for African features and values, and thus there has been a continuous process of assimilation.I a [...]

    3. The first three chapters, on development in general, and development in Africa before the arrival of Europeans, and development in Europe, were quite dull, though the second has many fascinating snippets of information, it was too brief a tour to give the subject the kind of attention that would make it enjoyable rather than necessary, and I wasn't convinced that measuring social conditions in the various African societies against a very Eurocentric model of so-called development was actually ne [...]

    4. A really good text for anyone familiar with Africa and its contemporary problems. The book is an economic analysis of how Europe engaged in an unequal relationship with Africa and subsequently exploited the hell out of the country -- and specifically how this form of colonialism differed from other parts of the world. Rodney posits that Europe and Africa had a dialectical relationship where Europe's development was dependent upon the underdevelopment of Africa. He argues there is an intimate and [...]

    5. Amazing! Incredible! Eye-opening, ground-breaking, gripping, exciting, wonderful!I love this book and I wished I had read it years ago. Not only does it throw open the colonial exploitation of Africa, but it brings pre-Colonial and pre-European-Slave-Trade Africa to life. Rodney puts together a biting criticism of Europe's interaction with Africa starting in the 15th century with trading, both the slave trade and the trade in goods. This essentially killed inter-Africa trade, forcing African civ [...]

    6. First I had bought and read this book as a teenager, then I had to read it in college. Now - I found it and wanted to read it again just for myself. Changed my thinking. I am going to re-read the mis-education of the negro.

    7. Just read this for class. It is a political/economic commentary on capitalism from the perspective of a socialist. If you care or wonder about the socioeconomic conditions of African nations and why it is the way it is read this book- a little bit at a time.

    8. A historiographical approach to the detriment of African plight and continued exploitation Very relevant today and good for anyone searching for suppressed historical truths A Book for all who seek to know the truth about African nations oppression and subjugation by the Secret government behind the Western powers Europe and other developed nations of the Western world are handgloves through which the globalist operate to keep nations impoverished and in debt Africa was the experiment and now th [...]

    9. Excellent review of the issues caused by colonialism. The author tries to strike a balance between both sides of the issue, and covers complex problems in a very approachable manner.

    10. Rodney's book conveys how Europe and the US got to the positions they are in today, and of course, how Africa was REDUCED to the state it is in now. He shows how the aggrandizement of the West is directly tied to the immense amount of knowledge and resources that Africa provided prior to the coming of the slave trade and colonialism (however he could have elaborated on this more), followed by the benefits of the hyper-exploitation that Africans endured due to the actions of the racist, hypocriti [...]

    11. This is a history lesson all of us in the West must give ourselves to. The legacy and work that Rodney has left behind is still blazing and still waiting for a people to take up the torch and set ablaze the hearts of men who are still being exploited and caught up in the myths of development. After reading the post-script, I felt responsible and would like to believe I have been making my way toward this responsibility, but ever so slowly—thoroughly.Considering where I am today, it is of no co [...]

    12. Rodney provides a well-researched and detailed Marxist analysis of the systemic role of European colonialism, racism, and capitalist exploitation and its impact on the history of Africa. The book seems a bit dated now (it was originally published in 1972), particularly in regards to Rodney's unquestioningly high regard for Mao's China and other "socialist" governments that have since been more thoroughly critiqued. However, the negative economic effects of "free trade"/globalization/colonialism [...]

    13. A truly seminal work of historic analysis. I should have read this some years back but didn't, I'm glad that has been rectified.Though I don't agree with the author's pre-suppositions on socialism, his insights and analyses of Africa's contact with capitalist Europe through slave trade and colonialism, and Africa's development before this contact occured are eye-opening to say the least.

    14. This is an absolutely required reading for all those who are interested in African/African American History. I study this book during college as part of a work-study program. Others books included were Capitalism and Slavery; The World and Africa; and George Padmore's book on Pan Africanism.

    15. This is one of the earliest and very best applications of dependency theory. Anyone interested in neo-Marxist theories of political economy ought to read this book.

    16. Wow! What an eye opener? The historical trace of global economics to its present dynamism is serious. It remains the best book I have ever read.

    17. What a great and essential read. I think it’s true that this book had some naive views of the future of the Soviet Union and the imminent spread of socialism in general, but it more than makes up for it by it’s incredible recollection of the past. I became aware of this book reading Andrew Rice’s “The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda”, where Andrew refers to this book as a classic.Reading this book gave me:- Profound insights into Africa’s co [...]

    18. "THE COLONIES HAVE BEEN CREATED FOR THE METROPOLE BY THE METROPOLE" (French saying). To understand the present one must study the past. To forecast the future one must be aware of the present and how we got there. Walter Rodney's scholarly book makes compelling arguments for the relative underdevelopment of Africa being significantly due in part to the involvement of Europeans in African affairs starting with the Atlantic slave trade - which commenced in the 15th century and lasted into the late [...]

    19. I read this book while studying abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa. It's amazing. Highly recommend it! Will give you more insight into the continent of Africa than watching an Oprah special

    20. A must read for a different account which shows the reason behind the current state of affairs in Africa.

    21. Eye opening description of what capitalist exploitation of Africa has looked like since the 16th century.

    22. I consider Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa to be untold historical narrative of the precolonial, colonial and, post-colonial Africa. He (Walter Rodney) makes it clear from the beginning of the book that For a better understanding of the challenges and present political and socio-economic situation faced by most African countries despite the fact that the are independent, one have to visit the past. In order to logically explain how Europe Underdeveloped Africa Walter Rodney take [...]

    23. The writer has given an in-depth account of how Western Capitalism and Europe's economy benefited form slavery and exploitation of African resources. The author does a brilliant job in laying the blame entirely on Capitalism and European exploitation of Africa. However, disappointingly the author has shied away from describing the intricate and elaborate internal conflicts and forces within Africa that allowed and in many cases helped Europeans to exploit their continent. It may be said the same [...]

    24. Great methodical analysis of the European underdevelopment of Africa. Rodney provides a thorough study of African and European relations. Each chapter contains a list of further reading. I would recommend this to any student of history.

    25. classic dependency theory text. informative historical context of what was going on in africa directly prior to colonialism altering the continent's trajectory.

    26. A classic for a reason. Fundamental and comprehensive review of Africa's relationship with its colonial and exploitative powers. As relevant as ever, 50 years later.

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