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The Resource Empires in the sun : the struggle for the mastery of Africa : 1830-1990, Lawrence James

Empires in the sun : the struggle for the mastery of Africa : 1830-1990, Lawrence James

Label
Empires in the sun : the struggle for the mastery of Africa : 1830-1990
Title
Empires in the sun
Title remainder
the struggle for the mastery of Africa : 1830-1990
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence James
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this compelling history of the men and ideas that radically changed the course of world history, Lawrence James investigates and analyses how, within a hundred years, Europeans persuaded and coerced Africa into becoming a subordinate part of the modern world. His narrative is laced with the experiences of participants and onlookers and introduces the men and women who, for better or worse, stamped their wills on Africa. The continent was a magnet for the high-minded, the philanthropic, the unscrupulous and the insane. Visionary pro-consuls rubbed shoulders with missionaries, explorers, soldiers, adventurers, engineers, big-game hunters, entrepreneurs and physicians. Between 1830 and 1945, Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Italy and the United States exported their languages, laws, culture, religions, scientific and technical knowledge and economic systems to Africa. The colonial powers imposed administrations designed to bring stability and peace to a continent that seemed to lack both. The justification for occupation was emancipation from slavery - and the common assumption that late nineteenth-century Europe was the summit of civilisation. By 1945 a transformed continent was preparing to take charge of its own affairs, a process of decolonisation that took a mere twenty or so years. There remained areas where European influence was limited (Liberia, Abyssinia) - through inertia and a desire for a quiet time, Africa's new masters left much undisturbed. This magnificent history also pauses to ask: what did not happen and why?
Cataloging source
YDX
Dewey number
960/.23
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DT28
LC item number
.J36 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Empires in the sun : the struggle for the mastery of Africa : 1830-1990, Lawrence James
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 391 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780297870289
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • ocn964289434
  • (OCoLC)964289434
Label
Empires in the sun : the struggle for the mastery of Africa : 1830-1990, Lawrence James
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 391 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780297870289
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • ocn964289434
  • (OCoLC)964289434

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