HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA.
Walter Rodney, the author of 'HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA', wrote the book out of the passion he had for the Africans and the African continent. In the book, he tries to construct the present state of Africa from the past of the continent and the activities of the so-called developed world in the underdevelopment of Africa. He claimed that the issue of underdevelopment started with the slave trade from there it went on to the exploitation and exploration of Africa by the developed world. The next stage was the era of colonization by the western nations of the world, lastly he talked about the neo-colonization that is presently going on in the African continent even after they have gotten independence from their colonial masters.
The book, HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA, has six chapters with the first chapters dealing with the question of development and underdevelopment.
The second chapter deals with the development of the Africans in the 15th century before the coming of the European into Africa, sighting some concrete example and a general over view of the African state.
The third chapter dwells on African contributions to the European on the underdevelopment of Africa and the eventual development of Europe in to a center of world market. Chapter four touches on how the Europeans started the underdevelopment to the Berlin conference of 1885 under the chairmanship of Ott Von Bismarck of Germany where the partition of Africa was done, to the slave trade era and how the slave trade lead to the stagnation of technological development, the slowing down of the African economy in the pre- colonization period, the forceful military occupation of the whole of Africa.
Chapter five is has to do with Africa contribution to the European development of the capitalist Europe during the colonial era and the use of the technological and military aspects of the superior European power. The last chapter sums it up with a look in to the various strategies used.