Africa, 1880-1980 : an economic history /
Peter Lionel Wickins.
Cape Town : Oxford University Press, 1986.
x, 321 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Cape Town : Oxford University Press, 1986.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 312-313.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-03:
This is the best detailed scholarly African economic history textbook available. However, dividing the book into chapters focusing on a single decade for all Africa frequently fragments the discussion of a geographical region to no longer than a page or two. In contrast to this volume, Bill Freund's The Making of Contemporary Africa (1984) takes an African rather than a European perspective, is more interesting, analytical, and dialectical, has a better bibliography, and (like Philip Curtin et al., African History, 1978) divides its chapters more satisfactorily, dealing with broader themes and time periods. Additionally, the economic treatment in African History begins at an earlier date, is more sophisticated, and is better integrated with social, political, and military history. However, Wickins's book provides more comprehensive economic history than do either of these two works. Basil Davidson's Africa in Modern History (1978), which emphasizes economic factors, is superior to the Wickins book as a popular history. Includes an excellent index. Upper-division and graduate collections.-E.W. Nafziger, Kansas State University
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The economic history of 20th-century Africa has often been attributed to either the legacy of imperialism and exploitation by powerful and unscrupulous foreign business, or to hasty decolonization and ill-conceived socialism. This timely work looks well beyond these explanations to provide a balanced, in-depth investigation of Africa's economic fortunes following the partition of Africa one century ago. Neither an indictment of nor an apology for colonialism, and neither a glorification nor a critique of the post-colonial achievement, Wickins' study takes into account the pressure of changing circumstances and the evolution of opinion in and outside of Africa to help clarify the course of Africa's recent economic history.

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