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The end of the Second World War heralded the rapid end of European African empires. In 1945, only four African countries were independent; by 1963, thirty African states created the Organization of African Unity. Despite numerous problems, the 1960s were a time of optimism as Africans enjoyed their new independence. By the 1990s, however, the high hopes of the 1960s had been dashed. Dictatorships by strongmen, corruption, civil wars, genocide, widespread poverty, and the interventions and manipulations of the major world powers had all relegated Africa to the position of a Third World basket case,” the poorest and least-developed continent on the planet. In Africa: A Modern History, Guy Arnold brings a lifetime of thought and experience to his examination of the continent during these momentous years. He argues that imperialism has cast a long shadow and differentiates between external pressures to control Africa and the internal failures of its leadership. Additionally, he asks whether twenty-first-century Africa can promote its own recovery and renaissance. At one thousand pages, and with more than fifty maps and fifty illustrations, Africa: A Modern History will become the definitive reference work on Africa in the twentieth century.
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Guy Arnold has specialized in African and Third World Affairs for the last forty years and is the author of a number of books on these themes. He has been involved with Africa's development both as a sympathetic observer and as a professional consultant ever since he created a National Youth Service for Zambia on the eve of Independence. He now lectures on international affairs and has worked as a consultant for agencies involved in the Third World. Africa: A Modern History was first published in 2005.Review:
"It is difficult to imagine a better source for reading up on Africa's history." —Gordon Brewer, Scotland on Sunday
"Vast and brilliant . . . orderly but still managing to nip down a fascinating byway when necessary . . . a groundbreaking book." —Giles Foden, Guardian
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Book Description Atlantic Books Ltd., 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1843541750