The Scramble for Africa: The History and Legacy of the Colonization of Africa by European Nations During the New Imperialism Era
- Narrated by: Scott Clem
- Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 29-06-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Charles River Editors
The modern history of Africa was, until very recently, written on behalf of the indigenous races by the white man, who had forcefully entered the continent during a particularly hubristic and dynamic phase of European history. In 1884, Prince Otto von Bismark, the German chancellor, brought the plenipotentiaries of all major powers of Europe together, to deal with Africa's colonization in such a manner as to avoid provocation of war. This event - known as the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 - galvanized a phenomenon that came to be known as the Scramble for Africa. The conference established two fundamental rules for European seizure of Africa. The first of these was that no recognition of annexation would be granted without evidence of a practical occupation, and the second, that a practical occupation would be deemed unlawful without a formal appeal for protection made on behalf of a territory by its leader, a plea that must be committed to paper in the form of a legal treaty.
This began a rush, spearheaded mainly by European commercial interests in the form of Chartered Companies, to penetrate the African interior and woo its leadership with guns, trinkets, and alcohol, and having thus obtained their marks or seals upon spurious treaties, begin establishing boundaries of future European African colonies. The ease with which this was achieved was due to the fact that, at that point, traditional African leadership was disunited, and the people had just staggered back from centuries of concussion inflicted by the slave trade. Thus, to usurp authority, to intimidate an already broken society, and to play one leader against the other was a diplomatic task so childishly simple, the matter was wrapped up, for the most part, in less than a decade.
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By Fylynne on 03-01-18
This Unscrambled It For Me!
This book helped me understand how Europe destabilized Africa for generations. Between slavery and plundering for natural resources, the Europeans basically guaranteed disunity among the African nations. Now I understand why some Africans speak with a British accent and some Africans speak with a French accent. It relates directly to colonization and the scramble for Africa. The book is nice and brief in explaining history and the narrator was very clear. The book is concise and informative.
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By Frances on 22-04-18
Scramble for Africa
Awful. The narration was terrible, words pronounced incorrectly. Unfortunately, I thought I had purchased the original Thomas Pakenham version. This was very misleading