Chapter 6The Partitioning of Africa

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Jutta Bolt


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 that enabled the European powers to conquer Africa. This is be followed by an overview of the process of partitioning, discussing the involvement of both Africans and Europeans. The chapter ends with a discussion of the various theories in the literature that have traditionally explained the partitioning of Africa.


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