Divide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914

Divide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914

Divide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914

Divide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914

Synopsis

The partition of Africa was one of the most spectacular episodes in modern history. For Europeans, Africa was still an unknown continent in 1880. Thirty years later almost all of it was under European control. This race for colonies went hand in hand with a host of thrilling exploits and dramatic conflicts, of which Stanley's exploration of the Congo and Gordon's death in Khartoum are just two examples.

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Nehmt hin die Welt! rief Zeus von seinen Höhen
Den Menschen zu. Nehmt, sie soll euer sein.
Euch schenk ich sie zum Erb und ewgen Lehen--
Doch teilt euch brüderlich darein!

Take ye the world! called Zeus down from his height
To all mankind. Yours it shall be eternally.
Your promised heritage and right--
But share it out fraternally!

Schiller, Die Teilung der Erde . . .

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