How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

Walter Rodney


Rodney's classic study of the impact of European capitalism on the continent of Africa continues to provoke, inspire, and educate - it resonates more than ever before.
Angela Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz

Few books have been as influential in understanding African impoverishment as this groundbreaking analysis. Rodney shows how the imperial countries of Europe, and subsequently the US, bear major responsibility for impoverishing Africa. They have been joined in this exploitation by agents or unwitting accomplices both in the North and in Africa.

With oppression and liberation his main concern, he 'delves into the past', as he says in his preface, 'only because otherwise it would be impossible to understand how the present came into being … In the search for an understanding of what is now called "underdevelopment" in Africa, the limits of inquiry have had to be fixed as far apart as the fifteenth century, on the one hand, and the end of the colonial period, on the other hand.' He argues that 'African development is possible only on the basis of a radical break with the international capitalist system, which has been the principal agency of underdevelopment of Africa over the last five centuries'.

His Marxist analysis went far beyond previously accepted approaches and changed the way both third world development and colonial history are studied.

Although first published in 1972, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa remains an essential introduction to understanding the dynamics of Africa's contemporary relations with the West and is a powerful legacy of a committed thinker.

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Title How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
Author Walter Rodney
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
Co-publisher Walter Rodney Foundation
BISAC Subject Heading BUS022000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
POL045000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SOC042000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
BIC Subject Heading KCM Development economics
HBTR National liberation & independence, post-colonialism
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Title First Published 13 June 2012
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: NHTR      93 Thema subject category: KCM
Includes Index
Format Paperback
Nb of pages Index .
ISBN-10 190638794X
ISBN-13 9781906387945
Related Formats Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9781906387952
Publication Date 13 June 2012
Dimensions 12.9 x 19.8 cm
Weight 611 gr
List Price £14.95
Format PDF
Nb of pages Index .
Product Detail PDF
ISBN-10 1906387958
ISBN-13 9781906387952
Related Formats Epublication based on (print product) GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9781906387945
Publication Date 25 November 2012
Format Multi-item Pack
Nb of pages Index .
Reference no. BUNPDF9781906387945
Publication Date 13 June 2012
Weight 611 gr
List Price £26.90

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