Divide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914


Divide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914 (Dutch: Verdeel en heers. De deling van Afrika, 1880-1914), is a history book by Dutch historian Henk Wesseling, published by Bert Bakker 1991. As the title suggests, the books deals with the European partition and colonisation of Africa. In the preface to Divide and Rule, Wesseling writes that his interest in the history of the partition of Africa arose in 1971-72, when he, as a visiting fellow at École pratique des hautes études, in Paris attended a seminar led by Henri Brunschwig. Ten years later, Wesseling was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, there he decided to write a book on the subject. During his tenure at Princeton, he began his research for the book, but upon returning to Leiden University, in the Netherlands, Wessling procrastinated from working on the book, and instead devoted his time to teaching and other projects. It was not until several years later, after encouragement from Mai Spijkers, an editor at his publisher's Bert Bakker, that Wessling finished work on the book. In April 1991, the book was published in Dutch (an English translation, by Arnold J. Pomerans, was published in 1997 by Praeger, an imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group). Six months later, Thomas Pakenham's book on the same subject called The Scramble for Africa was published.
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