An economic rationale for the African scramble. The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1845-1885

E.H.P. Frankema, J.G. Williamson, P.J. Woltjer

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Abstract

The partitioning of Africa by European imperial powers in the late 19th century irreversibly transformed the long-term development trajectories of African economies. Yet, the motives for, and timing of, the scramble remain poorly understood. This column argues that the changes in African international trade over the course of the 19th century created an economic rationale for the African scramble. This episode offers insights that are relevant for current African economic development.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherVOX
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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