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The Scramble For Africa

Thomas Pakenham

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Abacus
23 November 1992
History; African history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Colonialism & imperialism; National liberation & independence, post-colonialism
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.
By:   Thomas Pakenham
Imprint:   Abacus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 130mm,  Width: 200mm,  Spine: 52mm
Weight:   640g
ISBN:   9780349104492
ISBN 10:   0349104492
Pages:   768
Publication Date:   23 November 1992
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  A / AS level
Format:   Other merchandise
Publisher's Status:   Active

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

Reviews for The Scramble For Africa

Thomas Pakenham wrote what remains the best single book on the Boer War. In The Scramble for Africa he sets out to explore just why and how in a few short years from 1880 various European powers carved up the African continent. The European colonial take-over was ostensibly the product of a crusading zeal to free Africa from slavery and backwardness by way of Livingstone's 3 Cs - Commerce, Christianity and Civilization. The book does not suffer from being avowedly Eurocentric, but its chief virtue is dealing with a fascinating story of enormous complexity with absolute precision and clarity. Pakenham shows how this all became an exercise in the coercion and military conquest of the African peoples. This is like exploring history in a Rolls Royce. (Kirkus UK)


  • Winner of W H Smith Annual Literary Award 1992.
  • Winner of WH Smith Annual Literary Award 1992
  • Winner of WH Smith Annual Literary Award 1992.

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