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The Fate of Africa (2005)

av Martin Meredith

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Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad-news stories (famine, genocide, corruption) massively outweigh the good (South Africa). Ever since the process of de-colonialisation began in the mid-1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources and misappropriation of revenues and aid monies contribute to an impression of a continent beyond hope. How did we get here? What, if anything, is to be done? Fully revised and updated and weaving together the key stories and characters of the last sixty years into a stunningly compelling and coherent narrative, Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organise 10,000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the 'scar on the conscience of the world'. Authoritative, provocative and consistently fascinating, this is the updated edition of the seminal book on one of the most important issues facing the West today.… (mer)
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An impressive work, covering the post-war experience of a number of African countries in a set of short, crisp chapters that makes it easy to read despite its length. The subject matter, however, makes for grim reading, and may be traumatic for the average reader, although the author narrates the history in a dispassionate and methodical manner. The reader is left wondering whether there is some deficiency in human nature that makes such awful and self-defeating cruelty possible. The chapter on South Africa's search for freedom and reconciliation is one of the few causes for hope.
A massive work, over 700 pages, as demanded by the subject. However, the style is crisp and engaging, individual chapters are to the point and workmanlike, making the overall reading less arduous than it could have been. ( )
  Dilip-Kumar | Jul 30, 2020 |
"Meredith has written a narrative history of modern Africa, devoid of
pseudointellectual frills, gender discourse or postcolonial angst. He takes
each of the larger African countries and tells you what happened there after
independence. In chronological order. He convincingly shows that it is bad
leadership, first and foremost, that has held the continent back." --back cover
  collectionmcc | Mar 6, 2018 |
A short history from independence to the relatively modern day; a grand tour of African countries. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 3, 2016 |
I was looking for a book to summarize the recent history of Africa as I felt that I had a clearer sense of its colonial history than its post-colonial history. I wanted to know how Kwame Nkrumah handled Ghana's transition to independence, what had happened to Nigeria since Biafra, how South Sudan and Eritrea sustained separatist movements. This book admirably told those stories. It also told endless tales of civil war and corruption.

What it didn't do was to explain why this pattern repeated itself so regularly in each of these countries. I don't think that this is a fault of the book, but rather it is a fault of my expectations. The notion of a history of Africa as a singular thing is unrealistic. African history, from what I learned here, is a collection of histories of individual states. This book provides a framework for these histories, but the idea of a comprehensive narrative of post-colonial Africa within a single set of covers, such as Tony Junt's book on post-war Europe, is unrealistic. The continent is too fragmented and diverse. ( )
  le.vert.galant | Jan 26, 2015 |
This book is a great introduction to modern African history and culture. It presents in sufficient detail all the transformations that the countries went through, and it explains important historical factors that continue to influence current culture and social institutions.

It is also important to note that the prose is easygoing and captivating. Meredith integrates storytelling to help ground her readers in the historical moment.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Africa but who grew up elsewhere. It gives a really comprehensive overview of the essentials you need to know. ( )
  Rachabake | Jan 21, 2015 |
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During the scramble for Africa at the end of the nineteenth century, European powers staked claims to virtually the entire continent.
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Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad-news stories (famine, genocide, corruption) massively outweigh the good (South Africa). Ever since the process of de-colonialisation began in the mid-1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources and misappropriation of revenues and aid monies contribute to an impression of a continent beyond hope. How did we get here? What, if anything, is to be done? Fully revised and updated and weaving together the key stories and characters of the last sixty years into a stunningly compelling and coherent narrative, Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organise 10,000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the 'scar on the conscience of the world'. Authoritative, provocative and consistently fascinating, this is the updated edition of the seminal book on one of the most important issues facing the West today.

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