Basil Davidson

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Davidson, Basil


Born Sept. 9, 1914, in Bristol. British writer. Fought in World War II (1939-45).

Davidson wrote about Italian antifascist partisans in his first novel, Highway Forty (1949), and unmasked the espionage of the imperialist powers against the socialist countries in the novel The Golden Horn (1952). The novel Rapids (1956; Russian translation, 1960) and the journalistic book The Black Mother (1961) contrast British colonialists with African freedom fighters. Davidson’s novel The Andrassy Affair (1966) describes the struggle of the Yugoslav partisans.


In Russian translation:
Novoe otkrytie Drevnei Afriki. Moscow, 1962.
Chernaia mat’. Afrika: gody ispytanii. Moscow, 1964.


Ivasheva, V. Angliiskaia literatura, XX vek. Moscow, 1967.
Ivasheva, V. Angliiskie dialogi. Moscow, 1971.
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This is even more surprising given the fact that several historians, including the late Basil Davidson, demonstrated how Africa had been central to the rise of Britain as a great empire.
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Commenting on the peace and security of many African states before the European Berlin Conference in 1885, which sliced up Africa like a cake and divided her into "British Africa", "Belgian Africa", "Spanish Africa", "French Africa", "German Africa", Portuguese Africa," and "Italian Africa" (leaving nothing for Africans except Ethiopia); the renowned British journalist and author of Old Africa Rediscovered, Basil Davidson, wrote: Africa welcomed all human beings.
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I am effectively suggesting the submergence of the post-colonial, petty nationalist state which has been the hallmark of the African political and economic scene since the 1960s, and, let it be said, its curse, as Basil Davidson so eruditely chronicled in his The Curse of African Nationalism into a new, more unified structure.
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The venerable historian of Africa, Basil Davidson, summed it up best when he argued that: "The racism that we know, was born in Europe and America from the cultural need to justify doing to black people, doing to Africans, what could not morally or legally be done to white people, least of all to Europeans.
Yet, according to the British historian, Basil Davidson, from 1650 to 1850 more than 12 million Africans were taken as slaves, two million died in transit and seven million were killed before embarkation, bringing the total to 21 million.