World and a Very Small Place in Africa A History of Globalization in Niumi, the Gambia

ISBN-10: 0765624842
ISBN-13: 9780765624840
Edition: 3rd 2010 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210

Niumi, a little-known territory located on the bank of the Gambia River in West Africa, is seemingly far from the reaches of world historical events. And yet the outside world has long had a significant--and increasingly profound--impact on Niumi.This fascinating work shows how global events have affected people's lives over the past eight centuries in this small region in Africa's smallest country. Drawing on written and oral testimony, and writing in a clear and personal style, Donald R. Wright connects globalization with real people in a real place. This new edition revisits issue in global history and African history based on current studies and new developments that have been factored into the interpretive framework.Reflecting on recent visits to Niumi, Wright extends the story into 2009, to consider the local impact of global recession and domestic political repression under a regime in power for the past fifteen years. Punctuating the narrative are photographs, maps, and Perspectives boxes on selected topics such as the sale of slaves five centuries ago, colonial sexism, the fate of press freedom, and how popular culture affects growing up in a traditional society. Throughout, the author deals with African history seriously, global trends critically, and human lives sensitively.

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