Independence in Africa

Independence in Africa

by Kevin Shillington, Ross, Shillington

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-10Despite the clear chronological organization and attractive presentation, Shillington's book suffers from the sheer scope of the material. The author surveys the history of the vast continent in this century from the end of European colonial control to the formation of the 54 separate nations of today. The chronological approach does not entirely explain the rise of African nationalism that led to 33 countries gaining independence between 1956-1966. The dizzying pace of change is reflected in the narrative; it seldom focuses on a single country or movement for more than half a page. Some countries do not even rate mention in the index. The time line, however, provides a helpful overview and backbone for further study. The text is extensively illustrated with black-and-white and full-color photographs, maps, and reproductions. Students looking for information in any detail would be advised to look elsewhere, and beyond the very short list for further reading, but this title could be useful for seeing the particulars in a larger context.Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC

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Raintree Publishers
Publication date:
Causes and Consequences Series
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 10.48(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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