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The last fifty years have seen unprecedented changes in people's standards of living all over the world. Despite explosive population growth, it has proved possible to dramatically elevate the quality of life. On average people's lives have improved, all over the world, on every continent. Except Africa. Africa is the only large, contiguous region left out of the worldwide rise in prosperity. Why is that? Why has Africa failed to develop? Roel van der Veen (the Netherlands, 1957) is a historian by training. He deals with sub-Saharan Africa in his daily work. In "What went wrong with Africa" he describes the recent history of the continent and explores the causes of its widespread poverty, the AIDS epidemic and the misrule, corruption and disintegration afflicting so many African states.
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Charting the changes in people's standards of living Oct 12, 2004
The price tag for a paperwork may seem steep even if it is packed with almost four hundred pages of detail; but any personal, professional, or academic library reference collection strong in African social issues and history won't want to miss Roel Van Der Veen's powerful What Went Wrong With Africa, charting the unprecedented changes in people's standards of living in Africa over the years. Africa is the only large contiguous region left out of the worldwide rise in prosperity: What Went Wrong With Africa seeks to explain why.