The Development Of Post Colonial Africa During The Second Half Of The 20th Century

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The development of post-colonial Africa during the second-half of the 20th century was one of the most complex periods in world history. During the period, Africans received their independence from their colonial masters and believed that they would not only be allowed new opportunities but also be granted security in their lives. However, many hardships negatively impacted the advancement of the entire continent; one of the significant difficulties that occurred post-independence was economic stagnation. A primary reason that economic under-development occurred was a result of the political leadership and ideology that arose to fill the void that was left by the departure of colonial powers. The purpose of this reflection is to show how autocratic leadership, socialism, and early capitalism negatively influenced economic development in Africa during the second-half of the 20th century. Through the lens of works which were written during the period, the events that prevented economic development throughout Africa are shown to be connected by a theme of political instability that originated as a result of the ambitions of political leaders to obtain supremacy and of the ambitions of foreign powers to manipulate the internal and external structures of African nations for their purposes.
Autocratic leadership, socialist, and early capitalist ideology of foreign powers negatively influenced the economic development of Africa during the second-half of the 20th century because it…

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