The Imperial Peace in Colonial Africa and Africa's Underdevelopment

Author
Robert H. Bates
Content Type
Book
Institution
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Abstract
When praised at all, imperialism is most often commended for the peace it bestowed. By demobilizing armies, deposing marauding princes and subduing war-like states, European powers fashioned a half-century of political order. The question nonetheless arises: Should they be lauded for that? In this chapter, I view Africa's history through the lens of comparative history and argue that the imperial peace may have retarded Africa's development.
Topic
Development, Economics, Imperialism, Post Colonialism, Natural Resources
Political Geography
Africa, Europe