The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

By (author)Martin Meredith


The definitive story of African nations after they emerged from colonialism — from Mugabe’s doomed kleptocracy to Mandela’s inspiring defeat of apartheid.

Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad news stories (famine, genocide, corruption) massively outweigh the good (South Africa). Ever since the process of de-colonialization began in the mid-1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources, and misappropriation of revenues and aid monies contribute to an impression of a continent beyond hope. How did we get here? What, if anything, is to be done? Fully revised and updated and weaving together the key stories and characters of the last sixty years into a stunningly compelling and coherent narrative, Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organize 10,000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the ‘scar on the conscience of the world’. Authoritative, provocative, and consistently fascinating, this is the updated edition of the seminal book on one of the most important issues facing the West today


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