The Imperial Peace in Colonial Africa and Africa's Underdevelopment

Robert H. Bates
Content Type
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
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.
Development, Economics, Imperialism, Post Colonialism, Natural Resources
Political Geography
Africa, Europe