Settler Economies

Studies in the economic history of Kenya and Southern Rhodesia, 1900-1963

Paul Mosley



The economic history of developing countries, particularly the former colonies, has become polarized between two ideologies. The apologists for colonialism have emphasized the stimulus given to the indigenous economy by the introduction of foreign capital; the 'underdevelopment theorists' have turned this interpretation on its head and represented the relationship as being, particularly in 'settler colonies' such as Kenya and Zimbabwe, one not of stimulus but of rape and plunder.


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Paul Mosley is Director of Development, University of Sheffield.