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Africa, a modern history, 1945-2015
Publication year: 2017
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Atlantic Books
The end of the Second World War signalled the rapid end of the European African empires. In 1945, only four African countries were independent; by 1963, 30 African states created the Organization of African Unity. Despite formidable problems, the 1960s were a time of optimism as Africans enjoyed their new independence, witnessed increases in prosperity and prepared to tackle their political and economic problems in their own way. By the 1990s, however, the high hopes of the 1960s had been dashed. Dictatorship by strongmen, corruption, civil wars and genocide, widespread poverty and the interventions and manipulations of the major powers had all relegated Africa to the world's poorest and least-developed continent. By exploring developments over the last 15 years, Guy Arnold brings his landmark history of modern Africa up to date and provides a fresh perspective on this troubled and misunderstood continent.
A comprehensive history of posr-WW2 Africa. Full of information, but the author lets his bias show too openly.
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