How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

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Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, (Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1982). Walter Rodney is the author of many pieces focusing on African studies, one of his most influential being How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Rodney was born in Guyana, South America in 1942 where only thirty-eight years later he was assassinated by the Guyana government. Fortunately, Rodney was a bright and driven individual who left behind a great deal of valuable studies. He spent the bulk of his life traveling and was known around the world as an activist and scholar. Rodney studied mostly in Jamaica and London but also spent time as a significant activist in the Black Power movement through the Caribbean and North America. Rodney was the author of many books, which explored various areas of Africa but mostly pertaining to Africa’s history, economy, wars, and government. Exposing controversial topics was common work for Rodney. In efforts to help the people of Guyana and other parts of Africa, he worked to uncover the corrupt ways of the government. According to close friends Rodney was aware of the dangers of his work and choice to move back to Guyana but he made a commitment to the liberation and development of his people. Since his death Rodney has continually been remembered through his works and the numerous awards given on his behalf.

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa explores several avenues of how Africa was underdeveloped because of Europeans. Rodney aims to present a clear and truthful explanation as to why Africa is less successful than most of the world. Chapter one explains underdevelopment as being an unequal comparison in the social and economic development of countries. To fully understand the following chapters it is necessary to have a clear grasp that Africa was developing but due to restrictions and exploitation from Europe, Africa became underdeveloped in comparison to other countries. From there Rodney explains the history of...
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