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The Scramble for Africa: White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent From 1876 to 1912

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allowz, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by allowz)
Pakenham is the brother of the popular historian Antonia Frasier and son of the Lord Longford whose stubborn advocacy of the child-murderer Myra Hindley the recent film Longford portrays.

His book on perhaps the most flagrantly imperialistic period of modern European history ought to be morally disturbing, and, in fact, often is: a number of the outsized, weirdly driven and inevitably fascinating characters that populate this volume were completely without consciences (Cecil Rhodes and Leopold II come immediately to mind), and even more bureaucratically-inspired projects, like the near-genocide in Namibia at the hands of the Germans, were horrific enough to have been planned by demons.

But Pakenham's history is not, for all that, a predictable jeremiad against imperialism: he finds in this very dubious historical movement a goldmine of terrific stories and marvelously interesting characters. My personal favorite is Roger Casement, a gay Irish revolutionary who first succeeded, against great odds, in documenting the hellishness of Leopold's Congo. But there are many other figures of almost equal interest: Pakenham is actually more fun to read than Rider Haggard, who was feeding, with a sometimes too-obvious and heavy-handed admixture of fantasy, on the same historical events.

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ISBN:
9780380719990
Author:
Pakenham, Thomas
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Thomas Pakenham
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Colonization
Subject:
Europe Colonies Africa History 20th century.
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Africa History To 1884.
Subject:
Africa History 1884-1918.
Subject:
World History-Africa
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
v. 5
Publication Date:
19921231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
800
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.28205 in 28 oz

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