Struggle for Africa

Struggle for Africa

Struggle for Africa

Struggle for Africa

Excerpt

This is not a book for the expert. The reason for its existence is that three visits to different parts of Africa since the war have impressed upon me that this continent is the natural hinterland of Europe, that its primitive peoples are making an amazing effort to leap across the centuries, that every European who goes to Africa has an opportunity of making history such as have come to few men in history. All the elements of drama are there -- love and devotion, jealousy, greed, fear -- above all, fear. And it seemed to me that it might be useful if I were to pass on my rather superficial knowledge and impressions to others with less opportunity to travel than myself.

I had not realized until I went there how much the events in one part of Africa would influence those in another. It was impossible, for example, to give a balanced description of the Union without also describing the Gold Coast, since the black man's accession to power in West Africa makes Europeans so . . .

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