In This Review

Africa's International Relations: The Diplomacy of Dependency and Change
Africa's International Relations: The Diplomacy of Dependency and Change
By Ali A. Mazrui
Westview Press, 1978, 300 pp
Political Values and the Educated Class in Africa
Political Values and the Educated Class in Africa
By Ali A. Mazrui
University of California Press, 1978, 406 pp

Gold mingles with dross on Mazrui's picaresque journey through African and Western history, culture and politics. In assaying Africa's international relations, the author ultimately, although haphazardly, returns to an important truth: the power of race and culture in Africa's relations with the West. Discussing African political formation, his overriding theme, not unpredictably, is assimilation - of the entire panoply of world culture, including that of the West.