A History of Nigeria

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 24, 2008 - History
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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.
 

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1 Early states and societies 9000 BCE 1500 CE
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 anticorruption and the 2007 elections
271
Notes
280
Selected bibliography
305
Index
322
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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 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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