Critique of how europe underdeveloped africa

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How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

The decisiveness of the short period of colonialism and its negative consequences for Africa spring mainly from the fact that Africa lost power. Power is the ultimate determinant in human society, being basic to the relations within any group and between groups. It implies the ability to defend ones interests and if necessary to impose one’s will by any means available. In relations between peoples, the question of power determines maneuverability in bargaining, the extent to which a people survive as a physical and cultural entity. When one society finds itself forced to relinquish power entirely to another society, that in itself is a form of underdevelopment.

Before a bomb ended his life in the summer of 1980, Walter Rodney had created a powerful legacy. This pivotal work, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, had already brought a new perspective to the question of underdevelopment in Africa. his Marxist analysis went far beyond the heretofore accepted approach in the study of Third World underdevelopment. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa is an excellent introductory study for the student who wishes to better understand the dynamics of Africa’s contemporary relations with the West.
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Great value and large imports of oil in Middle East encourage certain powerful developed countries to meddle resources in this region, which creates massive chaos and social controversies. Currently, five countries in the Middle East own. While critics of the dependency theories are always quick to point to the successes of the Asian Tigers, it is important to keep in mind the differences between their colonial experience and subsequent dependent relations with the Western imperialists and Latin America or Africa. The fact that the idea of the developmental state is perhaps more plausible in their region. In spite of their independence, African nations continue to face serious economic, social, and military challenges. I claim colonialism served as a significant force that had a detrimental impact on African society, economics, and politics. The Literature Research A combination of key phrases used to search for articles.

This book is an economic analysis of how Europe engaged in an unequal relationship with Africa and subsequently exploited the continent country and specifically how this form of colonialism differed from other parts of the world. Not only does this book open the colonial exploitation of Africa, but it brings pre-Colonial and pre-European-Slave-Trade Africa to life. This essentially killed inter-Africa trade, forcing African civilizations to only trade with European and other western economies. This also changed the economies of African civilizations to suit what the traders wanted, whether human beings, cotton, or minerals. When European powers grew as a result of the profits from trade, they then carved Africa into its current state and entered the continent to force more and more production of things that would increase profit for the western markets.

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  1. Walter Rodney's "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa" still reads cogently By re-positing economic exploitation at the center of his analysis.

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