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The Relevance of Rodney's HEUA to the Struggle for Emancipation in the 21st Century


For many of us, Walter Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (HEUA) was a foundation book. It provided to a whole new generation an understanding that Africa has not been, as prevailing academia and media at the time would have it, always destitute, impoverished, full of tribal conflicts, and all the usual negative images that sadly still prevail today, but rather a continent whose historical trajectory and development of its societies were not dissimilar to those that prevailed in Europe and beyond. That trajectory was rudely and cruelly interrupted through its contact with Europe, a connection that had a devastating impact on the peoples of the continent.

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Firoze Manji works with ThoughtWorks as director of the Pan-African Baraza. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Pambazuka News.

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