July 2017 - ROAPE
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July 2017

In a review of an important recent book on the origins of capitalism, Andy Wynne argues that the authors provide an important introduction towards a truly global history of capitalism. The development of capitalism in Western Europe was possible because of its ‘backwardness’ and with the vital inputs and roles of a range of more advanced non-European societies. ...

Heike Becker writes about the recent European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) in Basel, Switzerland, the 7th of the now well-established bi-annual gatherings of the European African Studies network AEGIS. Becker observes that epistemological queries were key to the conference, with important questions raised about how knowledge of the continent is produced. ...

Peter Waterman, who died on 16 June, remained committed until the very last to internationalism and the key role that labour must play in any transformation to a post-capitalist order. In this obituary for roape.net Peter Cole writes how Waterman appreciated, better than most, the failures of Marxism and the Soviet Union. Writing for years about Africa, Waterman relentlessly promoted international solidarity, as a force, a movement, and a theory. Cole celebrates the exemplary life of a scholar-activist. ...

David Seddon reviews the recent political and economic history of Niger. The country has long been one of the world’s largest uranium producers; supplying France with uranium ore for its nuclear industry. Since 2011, it has also started producing, refining and exporting oil. Output is currently around 20,000 barrels a day, which is about the same as its refining capacity. President Mahamadou Issoufou has recently announced that he would not amend the constitution to allow him to seek a third term after his second and final mandate ends in 2021....