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Africa since Independence (2nd Edition)

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An indispensable introductory textbook that provides students with a genuinely comparative study of the different trajectories and experiences of independent African states.  Paul Nugent explores a range of key concerns...

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An indispensable introductory textbook that provides students with a genuinely comparative study of the different trajectories and experiences of independent African states.  Paul Nugent explores a range of key concerns including the impact of HIV and AIDS, the contagion of warfare, and efforts at achieving national reconciliation both in the past and today.   

This is an ideal core text for modules on Modern African History, African Politics or Africa since Independence - or a supplementary text for broader modules on African History - which may be offered at the upper levels of an undergraduate History, Politics or African Studies degree. In addition it is a crucial resource for students who may be studying modern African history for the first time as part of a taught postgraduate degree in African History, African Politics or African Studies.

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  • A highly-regarded established work which offers a detailed comparison of the historical trajectories of the former British, French, Portuguese and Spanish colonies
  • Considers political and economic developments alongside the development of popular culture, which provides students with a multi-layered understanding of the key issues
  • Incorporates the major scholarship in the field
  • Contains maps, tables and a Bibliography to aid study



  • Revised and updated throughout in light of the latest research
  • Reflects recent developments on issues such as AIDS, urbanization, the secession of South Sudan, questions of citizenship and the importance of transnational spaces 
  • This second edition now features photographs 



List of Maps and Tables
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Map 1 Africa showing dates of independence
Introduction: The Basis of Comparison
African Independence: Poisoned Chalice or Cup of Plenty?
A Profile of Africa at Independence
The Shape of Things to Come: Irredentism, Secessionism and the Pan-African Ideals
Modernity and Tradition, Power and Prestige: Monarchs, Chiefs and Politicians, 1956-74
'Ism Schisms': African Socialism and Home-Grown Capitalism, 1960-85
Khaki Fatigue: Military Rule in Africa, 1960-95
Second Liberation: Guerrilla Warfare, Township, Revolt and the Search for a New Social Order
Invasion of the Acronyms: SAPs, AIDS and the NGO Takeover
Democracy Rediscovered: Popular Protest, Elite Mobilisation and the Return of Multipartyism, 1990-2011
Millennial Africa: The National Question Revisited
Notes
Bibliography
Index.

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PAUL NUGENT Professor of Comparative African History and Director of the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK. He was formerly Chairman of the African Borderlands Research Network.

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PAUL NUGENT Professor of Comparative African History and Director of the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK. He was formerly Chairman of the African Borderlands Research Network.

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