The Scramble for Africa (book)

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For the historical event, see Scramble for Africa
The Scramble for Africa:
The White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912
Author Thomas Pakenham
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publication date
1990
Media type Print
ISBN 0-349-10449-2
Preceded by The Boer War
Followed by Meetings with Remarkable Trees

The Scramble for Africa is a comprehensive popular history of the Scramble for Africa written by Thomas Pakenham.

Content[edit]

One of the book's central themes is the contrast between the humanitarian motives of David Livingstone, and the profit-making of King Leopold II, and how the different people dealt with the conflict. The book addresses underlying motives and economics, without losing sight of the individuals whose personalities and actions drove much of the Scramble. It has been reprinted a number of times since its first appearance in 1990.

Awards[edit]

The book won the WH Smith Literary Award and the Alan Paton Award.