How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

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An exemplary work of political, economic, and historical analysis, powerfully introduced by Angela Davis

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa is an ambitious masterwork of political economy, detailing the impact of slavery and colonialism on the history of international capitalism. In this classic book, Rodney makes the unflinching case that African maldevelopment is not a natural feature of geography, but a direct product of imperial extraction from the continent, a practice that continues up into the present. Meticulously researched, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa remains an unshakably relevant study of the so-called “great divergence” between Africa and Europe, just as it remains a prescient resource for grasping the the multiplication of global inequality today.

In this new edition, Angela Davis offers a striking foreword to the book, exploring its lasting contributions to a revolutionary and feminist practice of anti-imperialism.

Reviews

  • Walter Rodney's magisterial opus is recognized globally as a landmark in African studies, not to mention the history of colonialism and imperialism. Beautifully written and expertly argued, it is that rare book that can be called a classic. It belongs on every bookshelf.

    Gerald Horne, historian and author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776 and Confronting Black Jacobins
  • This book is a legendary classic that galvanized freedom fighters around the world.

    Cornel West, philosopher, author, critic, and activist
  • Walter Rodney was a pioneering scholar who provided new answers to old questions and posed new questions in relation to the study of Africa.

    Professor Winston McGowan