Review from ROAPE Volume 16 Number 44
African Poor: A History (Iliffe)

The African Poor: A History by John Iliffe
Vol.16 No.44 (Spring 1989), pp83-88
John Iliffe has produced another well intentioned, highly detailed study which, like his earlier work about African capitalism, seriously informs and, unfortunately, ultimately misleads. John Iliffe followed his insightful political histories of Tanganyika by muddying the waters in his mercifully brief essay, The Emergence of African Capitalism (University of Minnesota Press, 1983) with its demonstrably absurd conclusion that Nigeria, Kenya and a dozen other African States may move either towards capitalism or away from it: ‘The issue is still Wholly open’ (p87).