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The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair; A History of Fifty Years of Independence

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Fifty years ago, as Europe's colonial powers withdrew, Africa moved with enormous hope and fervor toward democracy and economic independence. Dozens of new states were launched amid much jubilation and the world's applause. African leaders, popularly elected, stepped forward to tackle the problems of development and nation-building. In the Cold War era, the new states excited the attention of the superpowers. Africa was considered too valuable a prize to lose.

Today, Africa is a continent rife with disease, death, and devastation. Most African countries are effectively bankrupt, prone to civil strife, subject to dictatorial rule, and dependent on Western assistance for survival. The sum of Africa's misfortunes — its wars, its despotisms, its corruption, its droughts — is truly daunting.

What went wrong? What happened to this vast continent, so rich in resources, culture and history, to bring it so close to destitution and despair in the space of two generations?

Focusing on the key personalities, events and themes of the independence era, Martin Meredith's riveting narrative history seeks to explore and explain the myriad problems that Africa has faced in the past half-century, and faces still. From the giddy enthusiasm of the 1960s to the "coming of tyrants" and rapid decline, The Fate of Africa is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how it came to this — and what, if anything, is to be done.

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An epic biography of post-colonial Africa, and illuminating insight into its current devastating problems, by one of its most authoritative scholars

Synopsis:

An epic biography of post-colonial Africa, and illuminating insight into its current devastating problems, by one of its most authoritative scholars

About the Author

Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer and historian who has written extensively on Africa. His previous books include In the Name of Apartheid; Nelson Mandela; Our Votes, Our Guns: Robert Mugabe and the Tragedy of Zimbabwe; and Elephant Destiny. He lives near Oxford, England.

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ISBN:
9781586483982
Subtitle:
A History of Fifty Years of Independence
Author:
Meredith, Martin
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Africa Economic conditions 1960-
Subject:
Africa Politics and government 1960-
Subject:
World History-Africa
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060627
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 37.2 oz

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