Saturday, March 31, 2012

Why were there so few communists in Africa?

Today I had a pretty good discussion in class about why there were so few communists in Africa during the 20th century compared to Europe and Asia. We did not come up with any definitive answers, but it was good to see the students thinking about an issue and attempting to come up with possible explanations. If anybody would like to speculate on the reasons for the lack of African communists feel free to leave a comment.


Farhad said...
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J. Otto Pohl said...

In some places. For instance in South Africa there was. But, there was even less industry or a working class in Central Asia until the first five year plan in 1928. Yet, there were a lot of supporters of communism starting in the 1920s in Central Asia.