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Pages: 51. Chapters: Anglo-Dutch Wars, Treaty of Tordesillas, The
Clash of Civilizations, The Great Game, Scramble for Africa,
History of the Russo-Turkish wars, Nuclear arms race,
Dutch-Portuguese War, America's Backyard, Power in international
relations, Franco-Austrian Alliance, Inter caetera, China's
peaceful rise, Anglo-Austrian Alliance, Treaty of Zaragoza,
Foundations of Geopolitics, The New Great Game, Diplomatic
Revolution, Anglo-Prussian Alliance, Regional hegemony,
France-Habsburg rivalry, 1890 British Ultimatum, G-Zero, Pink Map,
Austria-Prussia rivalry, Fashoda syndrome, Treaty of Versailles,
Anglo-Prussian Convention. Excerpt: The Scramble for Africa, also
known as the Race for Africa or Partition of Africa was a process
of invasion, occupation, colonization and annexation of African
territory by European powers during the New Imperialism period,
between 1881 and World War I in 1914. As a result of the heightened
tension between European states in the last quarter of the 19th
century, the partitioning of Africa may be seen as a way for the
Europeans to eliminate the threat of a Europe-wide war over Africa.
The last 59 years of the nineteenth century saw transition from
'informal imperialism' of control through military influence and
economic dominance to that of direct rule. Attempts to mediate
imperial competition, such as the Berlin Conference (1884-1885),
failed to establish definitively the competing powers' claims. Many
African polities, states and rulers (such as the Ashanti, the
Abyssinians, the Moroccans and the Dervishes) sought to resist this
wave of European aggression. However, the industrial revolution had
provided the European armies with advanced weapons such as machine
guns, which African armies found difficult to resist (with the
exception of the Abyssinians, who were indeed successful). Also,
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