This chapter brings the African continent to prominence. It scarcely needs to be said, however, that it constituted no simple bloc. The routes to a flawed freedom were various. The sections that follow give glimpses of Africa’s indigenous diversity, North South, East, West. Through and beyond the formal departure of European powers, the imprint of Europe remained. There were other transcontinental connections, with both North and South America, and into the Middle East. The interplay of relationships in these years was such that the sections that follow position themselves firmly in specific geographical locations. Emancipating Africa from the ‘European world’ — though there had never been a single European world — occupied centre stage.
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