It is now over 100 years since the Berlin Conference of 1884 which started the ‘Scramble for Africa’ whereby the various European powers carved up the African Continent between themselves. During the last century the relationship between Africa and Europe has changed dramatically – from a colonial to a post-colonial relationship, with, more recently, new patterns emerging as the Communist bloc has developed increasingly strong links with some countries and as the EEC as an institution has got more involved. First published in 1986, this book explores how the relationship between Africa and Europe has changed over the last hundred years, assesses the current state of relations and discusses how the relationship may develop in the future.
Part I: Historical Perspectives 1. Europe and Africa: Prelude to the Partition 2. Berlin and Afro-European Relations 3. Goodbye to Berlin: The Partition of Africa Reconsidered Part II: Independence and After 4. Britain and Anglophone Africa 5. France’s Involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Corollary to Middle-Power Status in the International System 6. Portugal, Angola and Mozambique: The Trend of Future Relationships 7. The Soviet Union, Angola and the Horn of Africa Part III: Strategic and Economic Relationships 8. Africa’s Strategic Relationship with Western Europe: The Dispensability Thesis 9. The OAU’s Response to European Military Interventions in Africa 10. Africa and Europe: Collective Dependence or Interdependence? 11. The Dialectics of Regionalism: EurAfrica and West Africa