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Read an Excerpt from Adekeye Adebajo’s The Curse of Berlin

The Curse of BerlinThe Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) invites you to read an excerpt from Adekeye Adebajo’s The Curse of Berlin: Africa after the Cold War, a book which examines how the 1884-1885 Conference of Berlin established rules for the partitioning of Africa and the consequences of their decision:

It is one of the ironies of the great German leader otto von Bismarck that he helped to unify Germany in the nineteenth century and initiated the division of Africa soon after. The unification of Germany led to the emergence of one of the most powerful Western countries in the twentieth century. The partition of Africa, on the other hand, resulted in some of the most vulnerable societies in modern world history.

In the second half of the twentieth century, Germany was divided again—but this time ideologically between communist east Germany and the capitalist federal republic of Germany.

German unification at the end of the twentieth century was almost a celebration of the centenary of Bismarck’s final years as effective leader of the German empire. Three european wars in the nineteenth century had helped unify the empire: Germany’s war with denmark in 1864, with Austria in 1866, and with france in 1871. Bismarck led the Germans in war and peace in this period—and he was made prince on 21 March 1871. he was appointed chancellor of the German empire also in 1871—and proceeded to govern the Germans from that year until 1890. he became the most influential Western
statesman of his day (see chapter 1).

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