Africa Since Independence: A Comparative History

Africa Since Independence: A Comparative History

By: Paul Nugent (author)Hardback

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Africans have achieved their independence through very different means. While the former French colonies and most of the British ones reached an accord with the European power concerned, the Portuguese colonies, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa achieved their liberation after protracted wars and internal political struggles. In this genuinely comparative study, Paul Nugent explores the different trajectories and experiences of independent African states. Following the independence of the Sudan and Ghana in 1956-7, Africans have been engaged in efforts to fashion a workable political and economic dispensation for the post-colonial era. Nugent examines the record of African Socialist, Afro-Marxist and self-professed Capitalist regimes over the first two decades, and compares the record of military and civilian regimes in implementing their preferred development paths. Subsequent chapters explore the retrenchment associated with structural adjustment, as well as the record of multi-partyism after 1989. Africa since Independence also addresses the impact of HIV and AIDS, the contagion of warfare and efforts at achieving national reconciliation, both in the past and at the start of the new millennium.

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PAUL NUGENT is Professor of Comparative African History and Director of the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK.


List of Tables List of Maps Acknowledgements Abbreviations List of Maps 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 Ideal Modernity and Tradition, Power and Prestige: Monarchs, Chiefs and Politicians,1956-1974 'Ism Schisms': African Socialism and Home-Grown Capitalism, 1960-1985 Khaki Fatigue: Military Rule in Africa, 1960-1985 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 Protests, Elite Mobilization and the Rebirth of Multipartyism Millennial Africa: The National Question Revisited Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 09/07/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780333682722
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 640
  • ID: 9780333682722
  • weight: 1081
  • ISBN10: 0333682726

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