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The Scramble For Africa Paperback – Dec 1 1992


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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (Dec 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380719991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380719990
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have not read it all but when I do pick it up it is very hard to put down. This is a subject that most Americans know little about. I consider this 'good history'. Not ideological. And for the most part the action never stops.
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'We are now very sorry indeed, particularly in the killing and eating of the parts of its employees.' - King Koko and chiefs of the Brassmen to the Prince of Wales, 1895
Humanity laid bare. Pakenham tells us the story of two worlds in collision, the story of ourselves, treachery and slaughter, exploitation, slavery, and cannibalism, vanity and greed, and, of course, unfaithful wives. Kings, bureaucrats, missionaries, humanitarians, merchants, and soldiers populate his tale, sometimes far too many to keep track of. Pages flash by in an instant as the anxious reader awaits the inevitable. This book rivals any work of fiction, and Pakenham writes it with a great wit and enormous skill. Most importantly, he leaves moralistic preaching behind and focuses on the story, albeit with a special taste for its ironies and tragedies. Unfortunately, the reader will have to look elsewhere for a history of Africa and its indigenous peoples. Pakenham crams so much information in that the background story can't possibly fit.
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What a great book, I learned so much about how Africa was shaped through this book, and Packenhams style is so engaging to me that this book reads like a novel. The suspense when Stanley emerges from the jungle, and when Churchill charges on horse back into battle are really stuff of fantasy but basically its all true.
Of course its not all glory, lots of bad things were done and a lot of the todays trouble can be blamed on this period.
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By Roberto Munguambe on Feb. 9 2002
Format: Paperback
If you believe Britain made what Africa is today than this is the book for you. Pakenham portrays the scramble for Africa as a two-player game between Britain and France, with little attention being paid to the portuguese, german, italian or spanish presence and interests in the continent. As a result, Pakenham's book is really a book about the British scramble for Africa, neglecting some of the most curious cultural and political aspects of the heterogeneous european presence in Africa. Focused in Britain, Pakenham also misses the opportunity to explore the reaction of african cultures to colonial advances and the position of independent african states. It is therefore a rather poor book and one in which prejudice against other european colonial powers is too often evident.
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Africa--except for South Africa and Egypt--weren't the prizes that India was. The Great Game involved much more attention. However, it is an unmistakeable fact that between the 1870's, just after America's Civil War and final push Westward, Britain and France conquered most of Africa along with Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain as more marginal players.
A fascinating read.
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Nineteenth century Europe was stunned when that brash American journalist-cum-conquistador Henry Stanley captured the much-coveted Pool (to be named Stanley Pool) at the foot of the Congo River, where lies modern Kinshasa. With that, Belgium's King Leopold had control of the Congo trade, making him the most powerful man in Africa. It was a power he was to abuse terribly, and Pakenham spares us none of the awful details. In this panoramic study we also explore the French conquest of Niger, German misbehavior in Namibia, British defeat and redemption in Sudan, Anglo-French perfidity in Egypt and Italian misdeeds in Ethiopia. In presenting this story from a European perspective, Pakenham taps into the ambivalence of the Scramble: it was an era which threw up heroic figures (Livingston, Brazza and young Winston Churchill, to name a few); still, the Scramble was a deeply cowardly enterprise: the subjugation of the weak by the strong.
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By Tim Weber on May 11 2001
Format: Paperback
Thomas Pakenham's sprawling story of the slicing up of a continent by European powers is fascinating, well-written, well worth your time. It's interesting that surprisingly little of the colonization of Africa between 1876 and 1912 came by direct military conquest. No, England, France and Germany (principally) sank their teeth into the continent mostly in less direct ways that were just as dismaying. "The Scramble for Africa" presents a panorama of villains and heroes, both white and black, but paints it with sufficient shades of gray. Much of what happens is despicable to us today, but Pakenham helps us understand the whys. The book is not perfect. For American eyes, Pakenham assumes too much knowledge of British history and its political system. There are a lot of names to keep track of, and there is an occasional lack of clarity as to what precisely is going on. Pakenham also has a curious habit of not always making clear who is being quoted. Still, this is a strong, well-written, fascinating account of a strange, exciting period in world history.
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By A Customer on Dec 27 2000
Format: Paperback
The Scamble for Africa is an excellant book, going deep into the colonization of Africa by the white man and the crimes against humanity which they commited. It is very interesting and goes into great detail. It has many historical figures to keep track of, but that is of no importance. I especially enjoy and recommend the chapter "Rhode's War". I enjoyed the Boer war chapters. It is very good for a rainy day and even more for research. It is good for people who enjoy history or are curious
about European colonies. It spans from 1878 to 1904. It is an excellant book on a seldom studied subject.
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