Impact Of Colonialism In Africa

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The European colonialism and the Cold War Constitute two major eras in African history. Unfortunately, neither the Cold War or European colonialism lasted for more than one hundred years in any part of Africa. "At the end of formal European colonization of Africa, there has been a lot of controversy relating to its actual impact on modern Africa." There was a very seen pattern that was occurring, and it showed the debate on the impact of the colonialism that followed closely to the predispositions, racial and ideological, that had their interest at most. Many would say, "Colonialism had only one hand, it was a one-armed bandit." With this being said, I believe that it is easier said than done when trying to protect each other, because no matter …show more content…
"It had provided basic modern transportation, communications, infrastructures paved roads, railroads, electricity, buses, hotels, telephone systems, and more, also with the development of money economy, especially with cash crop production. Colonial economic policies forced African rural producers to turn their backs on the state. "It had been argued that discrepancies between states' policies "offer opportunities to benefit from better prices across the border and are at the root of the intense cross-border flow between two countries." Contemporary Africa's social impact of colonialism had been moderately overpowering. The African population had declined insanely after the social impact and the European invasion and conquest, but soon after there was a traumatic increase in population right after World War I. The growth of the population came from the provision of infrastructures and social amenities such as paved roads, better housing, hospitals, and more, which helped improve the quality of life for Africans. Contemporary Africa's cultural impact was demonized, and corrupted by colonialism. "Missionaries displayed racial and cultural arrogance, portraying the European as "the superior custodian of values, morals and ethics and as the sole measurer of culture, civilization and …show more content…
As we date back to the slave trade era, "Africa has always been greatly affected by the interests and activities of external powers." "At the height of the Cold War, domestic and international relations in post-independence Africa were often subject to the vagaries of the ideological competition between the superpowers." The Cold War politics and the participation of the new states of Africa intensified internal conflicts within the continent as well as political insecurity. The end of the Cold War brought a lot of different aspects that were going on that were situations that needed to be looked at and attended too. For example, the Cold War was followed by the intensification of economic crisis that made it difficult for African leaders to respond effectively to the needs of their people, also it witnessed a reversion to the historical attitude of U.S. policy makers to place African issues on the back

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