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His much-more quoted book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, in which Dr Rodney argued that the colonising European nations had deliberately under-developed and exploited Africa, was published in 1972.
The title alone is eye-catching and easily reminds one of other books, like Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1976).
Gunder was aware of Walter Rodney's debt to him in How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, but there is much more.
Offsetting these have been the positive reappraisal that accompanied the Harlem Renaissance and, more recently, Walter Rodney's Marxist-oriented expose of how Europe underdeveloped Africa and Molefi Kete Asante's Afrocentric cultural nationalism.
Very few of the "decolonised" have the daring shown by Walter Rodney in his classic, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, which is still one of the best one-volume study of the subject, written with both erudition and feeling.
In his book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, he wrote: "Mistaken interpretations of the causes of underdevelopment usually stem either from prejudiced thinking or from error of believing that one can learn the answers by looking inside the underdeveloped economy.
For one thing, there have been modern books on Africa by black authors, for example, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney, as well as by an increasing number of international historians, that have done much to correct the old biases concerning slavery, the factors behind the long struggle for abolition in Europe and the Americas, and the new forms of colonial exploitation in Africa itself.