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The decisiveness of the short period of colonialism and its negative consequences for Africa spring mainly from the fact that Africa lost power. Review of Walter Rodney'sHow Europe Underdeveloped Africa For many of us, Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, first published in “Walter Rodney's magisterial opus is recognized globally as a landmark in African studies, not to mention the history of colonialism and imperialism. Beautifully.
Exploitation of the African Continent Rodney did not limit himself, however, to the examination of colonial oppression from a Marxist perspective, but also investigated the precise role of the exploitation of the African continent in the process of capital accumulation by the European bourgeoisies.
He described, among other things, the complete plunder of entire countries which had been, for example, completely covered over by monocultures, causing hunger and misery for their whole populations.
These landgrabs were highly lucrative for capital interests, who could at once increase exports and take advantage of a cheap, desperate labor force.
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Franz Fanon similarly demonstrated the significance of imperial rule with the following analogy: Colonialism and imperialism have not settled their debt to us once they have withdrawn their flag and their police force from our territories. For centuries the capitalists have behaved like real war criminals in the underdeveloped world.
Deportation, massacres, forced labor, and slavery were the primary methods used by capitalism to increase its gold and diamond reserves, and establish its wealth and power.
Not so long ago, Nazism transformed the whole of Europe into a genuine colony. The governments of various European nations demanded reparations and the restitution in money and kind for their stolen treasures. As a result, cultural artifacts, paintings.
Sculptures, and stained-glass windows were returned to their owners …. At the same time we are of the opinion that the imperialist states would be making a serious mistake and committing an unspeakable injustice if they were content to withdraw from our soil the military cohorts and the administrative and financial services whose job it was to prospect for, extract, and ship out wealth to the metropolis.
The wealth of the imperialist nations is also our wealth.
Europe is literally the creation of the Third World. The riches which are choking it are those plundered from the underdeveloped peoples.
About the colonial division of labor which occurred within the process of exploitation, Rodney has this to say: No industry meant no generation of skills.
Even in the mining industry, it was arranged that the most valuable labor should be done outside Africa.
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How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
It provided a whole generation a completely new way of looking at the continent and its history, a way of understanding not only how we got where we are, but also what is needed for the peoples of Africa to reclaim their destinies. Walter Rodney, the Guyanese intellectual, historian and revolutionary, who taught at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in the s, was cruelly assassinated by a bomb in his car in June Conventional wisdom at the time the book first appeared, and sadly even today, described Africa as having always been destitute, impoverished, full of tribal conflicts, corrupt, and incapable to developing itself without foreign aid and its entourage of experts and nongovernmental organizations NGOs.
Rodney managed to demonstrate how the historical trajectories of societies across the continent, whether they be communal or more socially differentiated ones, were not dissimilar to those that prevailed in Europe, much of Asia, and beyond. Civilizations that emerged in, for example, Yorubaland, Dahomey, the inter-lacustrine kingdoms, Zululand, Ethiopia, Egypt, Sokoto, Zimbabwe, and so on, were, in the 15th century, far in advance of the conditions of carnage and civil war that prevailed in much of western Europe.
The Thought of Walter Rodney: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
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Hidden categories: Attach this document to an event or task. First published in London by Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications in , the book shaped the study of Africa in many disciplines.
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Exploitation of the African Continent Rodney did not limit himself, however, to the examination of colonial oppression from a Marxist perspective, but also investigated the precise role of the exploitation of the African continent in the process of capital accumulation by the European bourgeoisies.
The riches which are choking it are those plundered from the underdeveloped peoples.