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.
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.
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.