“A compelling narrative of the history of nation building in Guinea.... Schmidt deftly portrays the events from an African perspective, using colonial archives, interviews with activists, the era’s popular political songs, and photographs.... What simultaneously emerges in this nuanced treatment is a richer understanding of the pragmatic rather than purely visionary leadership of the famous Sékou Touré.”
“Schmidt’s study is a masterpiece of African, Guinean, and colonial historiography that should be read by all students of empire.”
Journal of Asian and African Studies
“(A) vivid portrait of the political environment and pressures facing the Guinean RDA in the years following the Second World War.
Schmidt’s contributions to the study of the RDA and decolonization in Guinea will likely remain unparalleled for the foreseeable future.”
Jeffrey Ahlman, West Africa Review
“The publication of Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea is a welcome event. Its archival and oral documentation create original possibilities for Anglophone readers in particular to explore diverse dynamics and tensions within late-colonial Guinean society and politics."
Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
“Although other political histories of Guinea use independence as a starting point, in this work Elizabeth Schmidt takes a critical step back to analyze how Guinea arrived at its historic ‘No’ vote.”
“By setting African divisions against an international background of cold war and French repression, (Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea) provides a welcome and informative account, in English, of the distinctive Guinean struggles for independence.”
International History Review
“Unlike a considerable number of works on decolonization in Africa, especially those published in the immediate aftermath of these epochal events, Schmidt moves away from the staple historiography privileging the role of the educated elite and restores the voices of the massesincluding those of womento the history of decolonization.”
African Studies Review
“Supported by clear and strong historical evidence, (Elizabeth Schmidt)shows that political decision making in Guinea was far more influenced by the bottom rather than the top.... (Cold War and Decolonization in Africa) is rich with data and empirical examples that illustrate some of the major themes in the history of decolonization, African nationalism, and the rise of one-party states in Africa.”
International Journal of African Historical Studies