History of Nigeria

ISBN-10: 052168157X

ISBN-13: 9780521681575

Edition: 2008

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Description: Nigeria is Africa's most populous country and the world's eighth largest oil producer, but its success has been undermined in recent decades by ethnic and religious conflict, political instability, rampant official corruption and an ailing economy. Toyin Falola, a leading historian intimately acquainted with the region, and Matthew Heaton, who has worked extensively on African science and culture, combine their expertise to explain the context to Nigeria's recent troubles through an exploration of its pre-colonial and colonial past, and its journey from independence to statehood. By examining key themes such as colonialism, religion, slavery, nationalism and the economy, the authors show how Nigeria's history has been swayed by the vicissitudes of the world around it, and how Nigerians have adapted to meet these challenges. This book offers a unique portrayal of a resilient people living in a country with immense, but unrealized, potential.

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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 370
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Toyin Falola, the Frances Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, is author of The Culture and Customs of Nigeria.Matt D. Childs is Assistant Professor in Caribbean History at Florida State University.

Matthew M. Heaton is a Patrice Lumumba Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has co-edited multiple volumes on health and illness in Africa with Toyin Falola, including HIV, Illness and African Well-Being and Health Knowledge and Belief Systems in Africa (2007).

List of illustrations
List of maps
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Notable people in Nigerian history
List of abbreviations
Glossary
Introduction
Early states and societies, 9000 BCE - 1500 CE
Slavery, state, and society, c. 1500 - c 1800
Political and economic transformations in the nineteenth century
Transition to British colonial rule, 1850 - 1903
Colonial society to 1929
Nationalist movements and independence, 1929 - 1960
Instability and civil war, 1960 - 1970
Oil, state, and society, 1970 - 1983
Civil society and democratic transition, 1984 - 2007
Nigeria and Nigerians in world history
Concluding remarks: corruption, anti-corruption, and the 2007 elections
Notes
Selected bibliography
Index
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