The battle for Africa

Lawrence James’s concise account of waves of imperial conquest followed by world wars is a compelling examination of atrocities, liberation and extremism.

The subtlety of Empires in the Sun is at its sharpest in its refusal to assign its blame simply along lines of colour or patriotism

Steve Donoghue reports Steve Donoghue is managing editor of Open Letters Monthly.
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Back in 1874, when Belgium’s King Leopold II first received what he considered reliable confirmation of the vast untapped natural resources of Africa, he wasted no time in proclaiming his intentions to his cousin Queen Victoria: “I have sought to meet...

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