Regional Geography 105
The Berlin Conference of 1884 Study Guide
REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY 105


After the lecture and reading the "The Berlin Conference of 1884" articles you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

What was the Berlin Conference of 1884?

What were the major outcomes of the Berlin Conference?

The Berlin Conference According to H.L. Wesseling

Who's interest were the most important during the discussions at the conference?

Who were the winners and losers at the conference?

What was the significance of the conference?

What did the conference accomplish?

What is Wesseling's conclusion regarding the outcomes of the conference?

Why was Africa partitioned while China was not?

What is Wesseling's opinion on the affects of colonialism and decolonization on Africa?

How does the partitioning of Africa fit into the rest of world history?

What was Africa's major commodity to Europeans?

Africa is considered to be one of the winners in the partitioning of Africa. According to Wesseling, what did Africa gain?

The Berlin Conference According to G.N. Uzoigwe

Why is the Berlin Conference considered to be unique in world history?

Who's interest were the most important during the discussions at the conference?

What was the significance of the conference?

Why does Uzoigwe consider the Berlin Act to be a non-legal document?

What is Uzoigwe's conclusion regarding the outcomes of the conference?

According to Uzoigwe, the post-1885 history of Africa is essentially a legacy of the Berlin Act. How were each of the following areas affected?
     The Map of Africa:
     Pan-Africanism, Ethnicity, and Nationalism:
     Religion and Education:
     Economics:
     Border Disputes:

What, in Uzoigwe's view, is the major positive result of the Berlin Act?

What, in Uzoigwe's view, should be done regarding border disputes?