THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA
The Scramble For Africa 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.
The dry, bureaucratic, mad dash for African resources is made exciting by Pakenham’s witty and unabashed delightful writing style. The book follows the tale of Europe’s acquired appetite for the yet to be uncovered resources in the ‘dark continent’ and over a period of 30 years, proceed to systematically cut up the continent in the name of commerce, civilization and Christianity. It may be a tad heavy but it is well worth the read and it just may spur further research on any reader’s part as it has for me. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to learn more about our continent’s history.