Ibrahim W.K. Batambuze IV

The late historian, Professor Walter Rodney consumed 361 pages of writing in 1972 trying to convince readers on how Europe underdeveloped Africa. The book was a masterpiece, as it was one of the best literatures on European imperialism, especially as it relates to Africa. The late historian did a magnificent job in explaining how slave trade, colonialism and neo-colonialism of Africa by Europe and other Western Imperialist robbed Africa of development.

Walter Rodney was very much right in his views, as he based his analysis on the prevailing events of immediate post- African independence period of late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He completed his book just about a decade after most African countries got their independence. At the time his book was published in 1972, some African countries like Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola and Namibia were still under colonial rule. Therefore the issues he raised were very much relevant at that…

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