Historical Dictionary of The Gambia

Historical Dictionary of The Gambia

by Arnold Hughes, David Perfect
     
 

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The Gambia achieved its independence from Great Britain on February 18, 1965 and became mainland Africa's smallest state. Despite its small size and population, it was able to establish itself as a functioning parliamentary democracy for nearly 30 years, avoiding the common fate of other African countries, which soon fell under authoritarian single-party rule or

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The Gambia achieved its independence from Great Britain on February 18, 1965 and became mainland Africa's smallest state. Despite its small size and population, it was able to establish itself as a functioning parliamentary democracy for nearly 30 years, avoiding the common fate of other African countries, which soon fell under authoritarian single-party rule or experienced military coups. In addition, its political stability and modest economic success enabled it to avoid remaining under British domination or being absorbed by its larger French-speaking neighbor, Senegal, as anticipated by many at the country's birth. It was also able to defeat an attempted coup d'état in July 1981. However, just as other African states were returning to democratic government, Gambian democracy finally succumbed to a military coup on July 22, 1994. Since then, the restoration of democracy has remained incomplete and disputed, as does the military successor government's attempts to meet the country's economic and social needs. The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of The Gambia—through its chronology, introductory essay, appendixes, map, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, institutions, and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects—provides an important reference on this burgeoning African country.

Editorial Reviews

March 2009 American Reference Books Annual
This book is suitable for the reference shelves of large academic libraries and specialized African collections.
Booknews
The Gambia is an African country that, despite its small size, has a history of resilience that makes it worthy of greater notice. This historical dictionary looks at the country's history from precolonial times to the present, with entries on significant persons, places, events, and institutions, and discussions of various political, economic, and social aspects. This third edition provides a longer chronology and a more probing introduction. Until recently, Hughes was director of the Center of West African Studies at The University of Birmingham. Gailey teaches African studies at San Jose University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810858251
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/11/2008
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Africa Series, #109
Edition description:
Fourth Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Arnold Hughes is Emeritus Professor of African Politics and former Director of the Centre of West African Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is co-author of A Political History of The Gambia: 1816-1994. David Perfect is co-author of A Political History of The Gambia: 1816-1994.

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