The Emergence of African Capitalism

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The Emergence of African Capitalism

By John Iliffe
University of Minnesota Press, 1984
113 pp. $29.50

In this intriguing essay, a Ugandan historian examines the traces of capitalism in Africa, scanty even with his broad definition of the term, from the earliest manifestations to the present. While acknowledging the social obstacles to capitalism (and to productive private enterprise in general), he feels that the major problem lies in Africa's belated start on a now very advanced industrialization process and argues that trained manpower and a national commitment to industrialization will have to precede any African takeoff.

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