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An Essay on the Mining Industry in relation to the African Revolution
Anthropology Faculty Publications
  • Alvin W. Wolfe
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Although the quantitative importance of the mineral resources of Africa is generally appreciated, the economic and political consequences of those resources have been inadequately treated in both the scholarly and the more public press. To whom are the mineral resources of Africa important? How is the exploitation of these minerals controlled? Has the "African revolution" or the "winds of change" affected the industry? What are the prospects for the future?

This paper was originally prepared for an Africa Today series, "What Happened to the African Revolution?' and was presented in a session on Neocolonialism at the "Washington University "Conference on Africa", April 17, 1967. This article, “An Essay on the Mining Industry in relation to the African Revolution,” like the one before it, “Capital and the Congo,” and the three immediately following it, “Testimony on United States-South African Relations,” “Tanzania-Zambia Railway: Escape Route from Neocolonial Control?” and “Economies in Bondage” are descriptive case studies rather than theoretical pieces on the evolution of a supranational level of integration.

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Wolfe, Alvin W. (1967, April) An Essay on the Mining Industry in Relation to the African Revolution. Paper presented at the Conference on Africa, St. Louis, MO