The Imperialist Partition of Africa

  • Walter Rodney
Keywords: Imperialism, Marxism


Lenin very rarely mentioned Africa in his writings on colonialism, but inferences about Africa can be drawn from Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism and other works. Most bourgeois writers on the partition of Africa make snide remarks on the Leninist explanation of imperialism. Because they have already established a near monopoly of what is written on the subject, it is necessary to frame this analysis as a refutation of common misconceptions. Furthermore—as is so often the case with the works of Marx, Engels, and Lenin—many hostile criticisms are based on sheer ignorance of the texts. Thus the reader must bear with frequent quotations.