The Cambridge History of Africa

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The eighth and final volume of The Cambridge History of Africa covers the period 1940–75. It begins with a discussion of the role of the Second World War in the political decolonisation of Africa. Its terminal date of 1975 coincides with the retreat of Portugal, the last European colonial power in Africa, from its possessions and their accession to independence. The fifteen chapters which make up this volume examine on both a continental and regional scale the extent to which formal transfer of political power by the European colonial rulers also involved economic, social and cultural decolonisation. A major theme of the volume is the way the African successors to the colonial rulers dealt with their inheritance and how far they benefited particular economic groups and disadvantaged others. The contributors to this volume represent different disciplinary traditions and do not share a single theoretical perspective on the recent history of the continent, a subject that is still the occasion for passionate debate.
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The contributors 'achieve a unity of view rarely found in the Actonian collections of the Cambridge University Press.' Ronald Robinson, The Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521224093
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1985
  • Series: Cambridge History of Africa Series
  • Pages: 1011
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 2.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Michael Crowder; 1. The Second World War: prelude to decolonization in Africa Michael Crowder; 2. Decolonization and the problems of independence Billy J. Dudley; 3. Pan Africanism since 1940 Ian Duffield; 4. Social and cultural change John Peel; 5. The economic evolution of developing Africa Adebayo Adedeji; 6. Southern Africa Francis Wilson; 7. English-speaking West Africa David Williams; 8. East and Central Africa Cherry Gertzel; 9. The horn of Africa Christopher Clapham; 10. Egypt, Libya and the Sudan Hans-Heino Kopietz, and Pamela Ann Smith; 11. The Maghrib Clement Henry Moore; 12. French-speaking tropical Africa Ruth Schachter Morgenthau and Lucy Creevey Behrn; 13. Madagascar Bonar A. Gow; 14. Zaire, Rwanda and Burundi M. Crawford Young; 15. Portuguese-speaking Africa Basil Davidson; Bibliographical essays; Bibliography; Index.
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