Divide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914

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Praeger, Jan 1, 1996 - History - 446 pages

The partition of Africa was one of the most spectacular episodes in modern history. For Europeans, Africa was still an unknown continent in 1880. Thirty years later almost all of it was under European control. This race for colonies went hand in hand with a host of thrilling exploits and dramatic conflicts, of which Stanley's exploration of the Congo and Gordon's death in Khartoum are just two examples.

The partition of Africa was one of the most spectacular episodes in modern history. For Europeans, Africa was still an unknown continent in 1880. Thirty years later, almost all of it was under European control. This race for colonies went hand in hand with a host of thrilling exploits and dramatic conflicts, of which Stanley's exploration of the Congo and Gordon's death in Khartoum were just two examples. Although the end of the colonial period produced a great upsurge in historical writing on the subject, this book is the most complete general overview of the dramatic events that marked this period. Such major historical questions as the causes of European imperialism are also examined. The author, an internationally renowned authority in the field, analyzes these issues and presents his own views of them.

In "Divide and Rule," Wesseling dwells primarily on the historical developments. The many picturesque and problematic events are brought back to life. The leading characters are presented with gusto: the pioneers, the conquerors, the European politicians who tried to run the show no less, and the main African protagonists. For this reason, "Divide and Rule" is above all a story of one of the most dramatic highlights of the centuries-long history of European expansion.

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This translation of a 1991 Dutch book emphasizes the role played by the evil, daring souls whose lust for adventure led them to sacrifice life and limb during the partition of Africa. That senseless ... Read full review

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FRANCE AND IMPERIALISM
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TUNISIA
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H.L. WESSELING is Professor of General History in the University of Leiden, Holland, and Director of the Institute for the History of European Expansion.

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