The main thrust of this study is that throughout the process of partition, African nations tried hard to check the tidal wave of European assault. What served as the decisive factor in these encounters were the superiority of Europeans' weapons, in addition to such factors as fraudulent treaties of friendship, the role of missionaries and traders, divide-and-conquer strategies, and direct military interventions.
Dr. Charles Chikeka received his PhD from Columbia University. The author of three previous books, Britain, France and the New African States (Mellen, 1990), Africa and the European Economic Community (Mellen, 1993) and Decolonisation Process in Africa during the Post-War Era, 1960-1990 (Mellen, 1998), he also taught history at Jackson State University, Florida A&M University, and Morgan State University.
Foreword; 1. Introduction: Eve of the European Conquest; 2. European Imperialism in Africa; 3. The Partition Process; 4. Patterns of Colonial Rule; 5. Economic Policies of Colonizers; 6. African Nationalism Revived; 7. Wars of National Liberation; 8. Striving to Achieve Credible Independence Bibliography; Index