The Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham
White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912

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In 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.
 

About Thomas Pakenham

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Thomas Pakenham is the author of "The Scramble for Africa," which won the W. H. Smith and Alan Paton Awards.
 
Published November 19, 1991 by Random House. 738 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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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 ...

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In 1904 the Hereros, a tribe of southwest southwest, if not a country name Africa, revolted against German rule.

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