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How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

By: Walter Rodney, Angela Y. Davis - foreword
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
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Summary

The classic work of political, economic, and historical analysis, powerfully introduced by Angela Davis.

In his short life, the Guyanese intellectual Walter Rodney emerged as one of the leading thinkers and activists of the anticolonial revolution, leading movements in North America, South America, the African continent, and the Caribbean. In each locale, Rodney found himself a lightning rod for working class Black Power. His deportation catalyzed 20th-century Jamaica's most significant rebellion, the 1968 Rodney riots, and his scholarship trained a generation how to think politics at an international scale. In 1980, shortly after founding of the Working People's Alliance in Guyana, the 38-year-old Rodney would be assassinated.

In his magnum opus, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Rodney incisively argues that grasping "the great divergence" between the West and the rest can only be explained as the exploitation of the latter by the former. This meticulously researched analysis of the abiding repercussions of European colonialism on the continent of Africa has not only informed decades of scholarship and activism, it remains an indispensable study for grasping global inequality today.

©1972 Walter Rodney; copyright 2018 by Patricia Rodney; Postscript copyright 1971, 2018 by A. M. Babu; Foreword copyright 2018 by Angela Y. Davis; Introduction copyright 1981, 2018 by Vincent Harding, William Strickland, and Robert Hill (P)2018 Tantor
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Highly enlightening!

For those on a journey to discover the roots and reasons for the continuing struggle for progress on the African continent, this book is an essential starting point. It is clear, concise, well-researched and highly enlightening.

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Very Enlightening book

A really enlightening book and gives indept knowledge of African History, development and interaction with Europe.

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Essential Reading (Listening) by ALL Human Beings

I cannot praise this book and the narrator, Mr Mirron Willis, enough. An audio book which will have to be re-listened several times throughout my life due to the high volume of invaluable information which helps us all to understand ourselves, our heritage and the world.

Please do give the audiobook or the printed book as a gift to your family and friends. Knowledge is indeed freedom and the very least we can do is to help people not to die in ignorance of their circumstances.

Mr Willis brought to life written words with so much honesty and soulful eloquence in his speech. The perfectly tuned emphasis which helped me understand the importance of the information.

Certainly a lifelong favourite book and favourite narrator.

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A must read...100%

Beautifully written...very impressed with the details & facts. Easy to understand text, allowing you to fully appreciate the full scope + impacts involved.

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Amazing exposition

This book really brings into perspective the extent of the damage that colonialism had on Africans. The author writes with so much passion.

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A must must read

Still such a necessary read.
Everyone, regardless of nationality, race or creed should read this book.

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A powerful, enlightening & very insightful book.

The book completely dismisses & dismantles any notion colonialism was/ever is beneficial to the colonised.

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Very interesting

Very comprehensive and clear analysis. A bit too technical to listen to while you do other stuff.

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excellent!

it offers a view on the history full of usefull details, but lite on solutions and alternatives. having said that it's very accurate in detailing what happened up to 1980. such is the way of man....

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Every African LEADERS & PEOPLE must read.

This is well described and backed by reality of history. The book should be taught in every secondary school in Africa, making the people becoming free thinkers and understanding, the continent was not perfect before Europeans arrival however our culture and way of life was in better place than we are now. TEACHING THE YOUTH IS THE ANSWER TO OUR HISTORY AND TRUTH.

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