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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Periodizing African development history
Author:Rempel, RuthISNI
Periodical:African Economic History (ISSN 0145-2258)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:economic development
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41501705
Abstract:The author's research on the recent history of African development indicates that there are no satisfactory periodizations for this aspect of the continent's modern history. This article suggests principles for such a periodization and proposes a set of periods based on these principles for the latter part of the 20th century. The important factors in determining the periodization of African development are, first, the resources available for development. Following from this, the second factor is the access of different development actors to the available resources. Attention to the distribution of resources leads to another important question: did women experience the same periods in development history? Other factors that often play a role in periodizations include innovation and the role of individuals. The author proposes the following periodization: 1) a ' pre-quel' period in which the structures of a capitalist export economy were established; 2) the 1940s to the early 1970s; 3) the period from 1973/1974 to the mid-1980s; 4) from the mid 1980s to the end of the 1990s; 5) from the early 2000s to the present. App., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]