A History of Nigeria / Edition 1

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About the Author:
Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin

About the Author:
Matthew M. Heaton is a Patrice Lumumba Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin

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"Dissatisfied with too much emphasis placed by the existing historiography of Nigeria on political and economic developments of the 20th century, the authors... of this new history set out to provide a more balanced picture of the past by paying special attention to social and cultural themes and the longue durée.... They show the complexity, fragility, and contested nature of national identity.... Recommended." - Choice

"[A] condensed but rich chronological account of events, forces, and actors that helped to shape the historical development of the region from about 9000 BC to 2007...[An] important contribution to Nigerian and African history and will be of value to students and scholars in the field."
International Journal of African Historical Studies, Gloria Chuku

Presents a history of Nigeria from its earliest beginnings through 1998, constructed around themes of politics and the economy. All major historical themes are covered, notably precolonial and indigenous state systems and societies, the penetration of Europeans that ended in colonial subjugation, nationalist struggles, and the various administrations since the country attainted independence in 1960. An introduction overviews the country's geography, political institutions, economic structure, and cultural attributes. Includes a chronology, biographical sketches of notable Nigerians, b&w maps, and a bibliographic essay. The author is professor of history at the University of Texas-Austin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521862943
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

TOYIN FALOLA is the Frances Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas, Austin. A leading historian of Nigeria and a distinguished Africanist, he serves on the editorial board of many journals, co-edits the Journal of African Economic History, and serves as series editor for Studies in African History and the Diaspora. His publications include many essays and books on Nigeria, including Decolonization and Development Planning (1996) and Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies (1998). He is currently working on a book entitled The African Intelligentsia.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations

List of maps


Notable people in Nigerian history


1 Early states and societies, 9000 B.C.E.-1500 C.E. 16

2 Slavery, state, and society, c.1500-c.1800 39

3 Political and economic transformations in the nineteenth century 61

4 Transition to British colonial rule, 1850-1903 85

5 Colonial society to 1929 110

6 Nationalist movements and independence, 1929-1960 136

7 Instability and civil war, 1960-1970 158

8 Oil, state, and society, 1970-1983 181

9 Civil society and democratic transition, 1984-2007 209

10 Nigeria and Nigerians in world history 243

Concluding remarks: corruption, anti-corruption, and the 2007 elections 271

Notes 280

Selected bibliography 305

Index 322

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