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Title:Towards a history of the partition of Africa
Author:Hargreaves, J.D.ISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Africa
Subject:scramble for Africa
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/179709
Abstract:Keltie's book, 'The partition of Africa', remains. the most comprehensive account of when and how different powers acquired titles to different areas of Africa, and it contains many well-informed pointers to the immediate diplomatic and political background. But although Keltie sees the general primary cause of the 'scramble' in increased competition for industrial markets, he rarely analyses the forces working for expansion in any part- icular locality. Moreover the assumed the superiority over all things African of European, particularly of British, culture and institutions. Similar criticisms apply to Lucas and Johnston. Though it is probably still desirable to give primacy in exposition to the drives and pressures which ultimately led European governments to impose their power, African roles in the relationship still require very careful investigation.