Empires in the Sun

Empires in the Sun The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa

First Pegasus Books hardcover edition

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In this dramatic (and often tragic) story of an era that radically changed the course of world history, Lawrence James investigates how, within one hundred years, Europeans persuaded and coerced Africa into becoming a subordinate part of the modern world. His narrative is laced with the experiences of participants and onlookers and introduces the men and women who, for better or worse, stamped their wills on Africa. The continent was a magnet for the high-minded, the adventurous, the philanthropic, the unscrupulous. Visionary pro-consuls rubbed shoulders with missionaries, explorers, soldiers, big-game hunters, entrepreneurs, and physicians.

Between 1830 and 1945, Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Italy and the United States exported their languages, laws, culture, religions, scientific and technical knowledge and economic systems to Africa. The colonial powers imposed administrations designed to bring stability and peace to a continent that appeared to lack both. The justification for occupation was emancipation from slavery-and the common assumption that late nineteenth-century Europe was the summit of civilization.

By 1945 a transformed continent was preparing to take charge of its own affairs, a process of decolonization that took a quick twenty years. This magnificent history also pauses to ask: what did not happen and why?

Book information

ISBN: 9781681774633
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Imprint: Pegasus Books
Pub date:
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
DEWEY: 960.23
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xvii, 391 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 585g
Height: 236mm
Width: 163mm
Spine width: 36mm