Africa's Strategic Minerals during the Second World War

  title={Africa's Strategic Minerals during the Second World War},
  author={Raymond E. Dumett},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={381 - 408}
  • R. E. Dumett
  • Published 1 October 1985
  • Economics, History
  • The Journal of African History
Unprecedented wartime demands by Britain and the U.S.A for strategic minerals from abroad, coupled with the loss of valuable sources of supply in Eastern Europe and South East Asia to the Axis, greatly enlarged the volume of production and the pace of economic change in the mineral-rich zones of Africa. But the sharpest upsurge in output, which helped rescue a number of African export economies from the slough of depression, coincided with British rearmament several years before the war broke… 

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