As anyone that knows history understands full well, the history of Africa has been fairly tumultuous over the years. Just looking over the last half a millennium reveals a very turbulent stretch of time that is full of slavery, colonialism, escape from said colonialism, genocide, starvation, anarchy and so forth. However, there have also been some good to great things that have happened in Africa and many of them are recent. This report shall look at the totality of post-colonial Africa. Much like the rest of the world, Africa has had to make a lot of adjustments since the imperialism of the French, British and Spanish has fallen away. Africa is far from being the only corner of the world that can say this about itself but Africa has quite obviously been hit harder than most continents and regions and this is especially true over the last half century.
As noted in the introduction, a lot of what has happened within and surrounding Africa over the last five hundred years...
The blacks and Muslims (among others) that have lived on that continent have themselves had major issues and there has also been the very negative influence of Western countries like those in Europe and even the United States at one point. However, since the post-colonial shift there have been some good results but the overall mix of results is decidedly mixed. An example of a good result is seen via the West Africa Today video whereby Chinese and Lebanese entrepreneurs are making a concerted effort to invest and pour money into West Africa ("West Africa Today," 2015). Given the struggles they are facing now with Ebola and so forth, that is no small thing because of the risks and political dimensions involved (CDC, 2014). When it comes to self-rule in general, the results have also been mixed. Countries like Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Somalia are in varying state of disarray. However, when countries like the Congo are having free and fair elections of any sort, then that is a huge development, as made clear by the Democracy in the Rough video ("Democracy in the Rough," 2015).
Speaking of the bad things, one was just touched on. The ongoing genocide and depravity occurring in Rwanda is almost unspeakable in its horror. The Rwanda: A History of Genocide video makes this crystal clear ("Rwanda,"…
European and American imperialism from 1900-1918 Empire is the term from which the word imperialism is carved. Government implies the act of mastery of one nation by another one, with the sole intention of expanding region, power and impact. It conveys with it the thought of social prevalence from the radical, judging the lifestyle, cultures and convictions of those colonized as sub-par and in need of changeover (Encyclopedia, encyclopedia.com). Nonetheless, Imperialism
2. What significant tool did the imperialists use to colonize the mind of Africans? Document 3 The resolution of the All-African People's Conference, held in Accra, Ghana in 1958, "condemns colonialism and imperialism" based on these premises. Whereas all African peoples . . . deplore the economic exploitation of African people by Imperialist Countries, thus reducing Africans to poverty in the midst of plenty . . . Whereas fundamental human rights, freedom of
The Post-Colonial World Outlook in Africa: From Colonialism to Neocolonialism? Background During the colonial era, vast regions of Africa and Asia were taken over and subsequently dominated by the more powerful western nations. In essence, the main agenda of colonialism was exploitative – with economically stronger nations seeking to exert control over weaker and less developed countries so as to exploit both their human and natural resources. Also, colonial powers deemed their
South Africa consequently had to arrange for a down payment of $600 million at a rate perceived to be extraordinarily high. It was too late for the country to induce any negotiations of the deal. Serious agreements ensued thus maneuvering South Africa to pay back much of the nation's hard currency debt in a short period. This led to the emergence of a new democratic regime stemming from an
Imperialism and African Colonization: Imperialism is empire building and occurs when one state is more powerful than the other state's obstacles (such as peoples, geographic obstacles, physical obstacles and technological obstacles) to expansion. Imperialism became a popular cause for the first time in Western countries in the 1890s due to a significant degree by propaganda that sought to make nationalism and imperialism popular (Pieterse par, 2). Towards the end of the
This is true not only in African countries with "dictatorial or authoritarian regimes but in fact China's […] commonly shared roots with African nations […] has struck a chord even with those democratically elected leaders in Africa," allowing China access to even those countries that might at first glance appear to natural allies to the United States due to their democratic form of government. Thus, Africa's colonial past has simultaneously meant