Growing Cities: Urbanization in Africa

Towns and cities existed throughout Africa’s past. However since the late twentieth century Africans are witnessing a historically unprecedented transition from living mainly in rural areas to residing in towns and cities....
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The Rise of Education in Africa

Education is the key to greater prosperity. This chapter investigates the importance of education in allowing workers to become more specialised, which in turn increases our ability to produce more and better...
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The Partitioning of Africa

This chapter describes the process of the partitioning of the Africa at the end of the 19th century into the countries we still know today. We start by discussing the technological factors...
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What is Development?

This chapter discusses various definitions of the term ‘development’. It explains how ‘human development’ is conceptualized in the development literature and how it differs from economic, political or cultural developments. The chapter...
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Introduction

The eternal question within economic history is why some societies have grown rich while others have stayed poor. For us to understand where we have ended up today, we need to know...
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