London: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications, 1972. First Edition. 12mo (17.75cm.); original yellow printed wrappers; 316pp. Fine. Seminal work and arguably the originator of modern African studies, providing a direct "correlation between the development of Europe and the underdevelopment of Africa," which the author charts from the beginning of the European presence in Africa in the 15th century, through the present day. Rodney, a Guyanese author, composed this study in Tanzania while he was one of the leading members of the African Revolution. He would subsequently be assassinated in 1980 after a sergeant of the Guyana Defence Force rigged his car with a bomb.