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The State of Africa

Martin Meredith

Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad-news stories massively outweigh the good.

Ever since the process of decolonisation began in the mid1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources and misappropriation of revenues and aid monies contribute to an impression of a continent beyond hope.

How did we get here? What, if anything, is to be done?

Fully revised and updated and weaving together the key stories and characters of the last sixty years into a stunningly compelling and coherent narrative, Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organise 10 000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the ‘scar on the conscience of the world’.

Authoritative, provocative, and consistently fascinating, this is the seminal book on one of the most important issues facing the West today.


Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books about the continent, including Diamonds, Gold and War: The Making of South Africa, The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour, and Mandela: A Biography.


Category:  History
ISBN:  9781471196416
Publisher:  Jonathan Ball Publishers
On sale:  April 2024
Format:  Paperback
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