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A History of Nigeria

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  • Date Published: May 2008
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  • isbn: 9780511402548

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  • Nigeria is Africa's most populous country and the world's eighth largest oil producer, but its success has been undermined in recent decades by ethnic and religious conflict, political instability, rampant official corruption and an ailing economy. Toyin Falola, a leading historian intimately acquainted with the region, and Matthew Heaton, who has worked extensively on African science and culture, combine their expertise to explain the context to Nigeria's recent troubles through an exploration of its pre-colonial and colonial past, and its journey from independence to statehood. By examining key themes such as colonialism, religion, slavery, nationalism and the economy, the authors show how Nigeria's history has been swayed by the vicissitudes of the world around it, and how Nigerians have adapted to meet these challenges. This book offers a unique portrayal of a resilient people living in a country with immense, but unrealized, potential.

    • In contrast to competitors, this book sets Nigeria's history within the context of world history, from its pre-colonial beginnings to the present
    • It describes how Nigerians have adapted to the hardship of political and economic transitions
    • Covers key themes such as state formation, slavery, colonialism, nationalism and underdevelopment
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    'This book by Falola and Heaton, two experienced and now famed collaborators, is a remarkable new addition to the growing library on a general history of Nigeria. Profiting from the weaknesses and strengths of its predecessors, it treats not only Nigerian politics, administration and economy but focuses also on culture and social history especially on art, music, literature and drama. Its social-scientistic treatment of the key issues across ethnic and regional boundaries gives it a refreshing new flavour. It will surely meet most of the needs of those within the academy and outside it who want to get a less slippery grip on the box of puzzles and bafflements known as Nigerian politics and affairs.' Professor A. E. Afigbo, Nigerian National Order of Merit, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki

    '… the bold attempt of the authors to expand the length and breadth of Nigerian history in one text is welcome and appreciated.' Journal of African History

    'Nigeria is an important country by almost any standard, so it deserves a well-organised and up-to-date history like this.' The Round Table

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    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511402548
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Early states and societies, 9,000 BCE–1500 CE
    2. Slavery, state and society, c.1500–c. 1800
    3. Political and economic transformations in the nineteenth century
    4. Transition to British colonial rule, 1850–1903
    5. Colonial society to 1929
    6. Nationalist movements and independence, 1929–60
    7. Instability and civil war, 1960–70
    8. Oil, state, and society, 1970–83
    9. Civil society and democratic transition, 1984–2007
    10. Nigeria and Nigerians in world history
    Concluding remarks: Corruption, anti-corruption, and the 2007 elections.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Africa in World Politics
    • Comparative International Politics and Government
    • History of Development
    • Study in World Religions
  • Authors

    Toyin Falola, University of Texas, Austin
    Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas, Austin. His books include The Power of African Cultures (2003), Economic Reforms and Modernization in Nigeria, 1945–1965 (2004) and A Mouth Sweeter than Salt: An African Memoir (2004).

    Matthew M. Heaton, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Matthew M. Heaton is a Patrice Lumumba Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin. He has co-edited multiple volumes on health and illness in Africa with Toyin Falola, including HIV, Illness and African Well-Being and Health Knowledge and Belief Systems in Africa (2007).

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