Historical Dictionary of Angola / Edition 2

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Dominated and exploited by Portugal for almost five centuries, Angola achieved independence in 1975 after a bitter struggle to eject the Portuguese. But that was not the end of it. This was followed by an even nastier civil war, which lasted for 27 years. It was further complicated by the Cold War, and continued even after that was over, only ending in 2002. Since then the country and its leadership has finally been able to focus on the problems of nation-building. Still by 2010, peace appears to be firmly rooted in Angola though much social and economic rehabilitation needs to be completed. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Angola is a thorough examination of Angola. It includes a chronology, bibliography, maps, appendixes, and over 600 cross referenced dictionary entries. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Angola.

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This second edition on Angola in the publisher’s Historical Dictionaries of Africa series brings to libraries current information on a country that has known colonization (by Portugal), revolution, independence, civil war, economic inequalities, corruption, and long one-man rule. The author, a political scientist at Henderson State University, in Arkansas, has written extensively on the country, including the first edition. He has also visited many times, serving as an electoral observer of the 1992 elections and attending a party congress in 2007. This edition follows the format of other titles in the series, beginning with a long list of acronyms and abbreviations, maps (from 2010), and a chronology from 1300 to August 2010. The introduction is quite helpful in orienting the user to the land and people, religion, early history, colonial era, and subsequent periods. More than 600 alphabetically arranged entries cover significant persons, ethnolinguistic groups, events, cultural and societal aspects, and political parties. Although most of the entries are brief, several on leaders and parties are more expansive. Information is current; for example, the 2010 Constitution has an entry. Cross-references in bold and see also references in capitals enhance use. An extensive, well-organized, and current bibliography (including websites), mainly in English, adds value. This work will provide large public and academic libraries with a one-stop resource on a lesser-known nation.
The International Journal Of African Studies
W. Martin James’ second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Angola constitutes a welcomed update to a series that examines one of Africa’s most dynamic countries. ... Throughout the many editions of this volume, the Historical Dictionary of Angola has remained an invaluable and unparalleled resource for committed scholars, student researchers and even casual inquirers. ... This edition’s well-organized, alphabetically arranged entries are both broader and deeper than those appearing in previous versions. In addition to featuring key historical events, important places, and past and present political and military figures, the volume also contains a number of general headings, including Art, Children’s Issues, Religion and Tourism, to name just a few. The Historical Dictionary also features entries for a number of influential authors and journalists, which helps to diversify the overall range of entries.Within each entry, terms that can be found elsewhere in the volume appear in bold, while readers are also directed to any relevant entries that otherwise don’t appear in the description. These and other features render the volume highly navigable, even for first time users.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This new edition of the Historical Dictionary of Angola is highly recommended for academic and large public collections. It is also recommended for corporate business and government country study collections, especially if your company or group is doing business in Angola and other neighboring African countries.
American Reference Books Annual
This new edition of the Historical Dictionary of Angola is highly recommended for academic and large public collections. It is also recommended for corporate business and government country study collections, especially if your company or group is doing business in Angola and other neighboring African countries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810871939
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 5/5/2011
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Africa Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Martin James is professor of political science at Henderson State University. He has been to Angola numerous times, including serving as an election monitor to the 1992 elections and observing the UNITA X Party Congress in 2007.

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