How Africa developed Europe

The end of colonialism in Africa only freed the continent politically. The international economic and political system after the Second World War, in the name of liberalism and free trade, pulled together all unequal countries (in terms of development in mode of production) to compete against each other in the open market. This in turn helped the continuation of the exploitative structures whose foundations were laid in Africa in the precolonial and colonial phases. Owing to a lack of access to technology, capital and skilled human resources, which colonialism stunted in Africa, the continent was not able to break out of the role of primary goods producer and supplier to the international market. The attempt at import substitution industrialisation (ISI) also failed and created more debt burden for African countries. Since colonialism never allowed the development of a strong bourgeoisie class in Africa, the state had to play a dominant role in the economy, and parastatals (public sector undertakings) became a common phenomenon in many states after independence (Ake, 1981, page 92). Developed countries, insisting on linear model of development based on modernisation theory, prescribed that African countries should open up their economies after independence to continue the trade relations

I think any discussion about Africa that does not look into the effect of colonization and the unfair trade agreements do not do justice to the problem.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

15 thoughts on “How Africa developed Europe

  1. Any discussion that doesn’t include colonization would be a discussion by idiots.


  2. renudepride says:

    You’re absolutely correct in your assessment, my Kenyan brother. Even today, rarely, if ever, does anyone take into account the inequalities developed during the colonial era and beyond. It is much easier for the societies to shift the blame to the Africans rather than admit their own culpability. Naked hugs!


  3. koppieop says:

    Having been born in former colony Indonesia) myself, I have not given much thought to this interesting topic. My first comment is that I see a connection with the also important issue of global warming / climate change, about which I am trying to learn something lately. I find it like the Al Gore’s book “An Inconvenient Truth”.Develeoped countries do not WISH underdeveloped nations to come out of the closet. I can’t explain the politic or economic or other reasons, sadly it is a fact.


  4. koppieop says:

    I don’t know what triggers the Enter key. – Third time lucky?
    … Develeoped countries do not WISH underdeveloped nations to come out of the closet. I can’t explain the politic or economic or other reasons, sadly it is a fact.


  5. Arkenaten says:

    Like you, I live here, and when you look at South Africa at the moment it is difficult to know what to say or what to do.
    One would be forgiven for thinking that, whatever vision Mandela may have had, Zuma and his cronies seem intent on flushing it down the crapper.


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