Empires in the Sun

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Through the 19th and 20th centuries, European powers vied for control of Africa’s vast resources while persuading themselves that they were bringing the benefits of Christian civilization to a ‘backward’ continent. This majestic narrative history charts the colonial conquests of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Portugal, and African resistance to them, and examines how, post-1945, Cold War rivalry between the United States and the USSR gave rise to dictatorships and proxy wars that cost the lives of millions.

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Empires in the Sun

Empires in the Sun

The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa: 1830-1990

Paperback412pp Illustrated233x153mm

9781474604383     Product Code: 502602

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Through the 19th and 20th centuries, European powers vied for control of Africa’s vast resources while persuading themselves that they were bringing the benefits of Christian civilization to a ‘backward’ continent. This majestic narrative history charts the colonial conquests of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Portugal, and African resistance to them, and examines how, post-1945, Cold War rivalry between the United States and the USSR gave rise to dictatorships and proxy wars that cost the lives of millions.

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