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Africa since Independence [Paperback]

Professor Paul Nugent
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13 Jun 2012 0230272886 978-0230272880 2nd edition
A genuinely comparative study of the different trajectories and experiences of independent African states. This expanded, revised and updated new edition of an established text now includes the latest scholarship and features more on issues such as AIDS, urbanisation, South Sudan, questions of citizenship and the importance of transnational spaces.

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  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edition edition (13 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230272886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230272880
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is an exceptional work, applying an expert analysis of sub-Saharan Africa and providing the reader with a comparative history of the continent since independence. It is clearly the best single-volume on Africa's modern history in existence.' - Ian Taylor, University of St Andrews, UK

'It is no small feat to tackle such a broadly defined project, and I believe Nugent is successful in covering a significant amount of material in ways that simultaneously connect the information and highlight specific case studies.' - Andrea Arrington, University of Arkansas, USA

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A new edition of an established comparative study of African states and societies, from decolonisation to the present day

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4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly, at times detail confuses narrative 2 Dec 2013
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This is one heck of a display of learning-in-depth. Professor Nugent is a man well in command of this complex and much-disputed arena. The material is organised in themes: 'Modernity and tradition, power and prestige', 'African socialism and home-grown capitalism' for example. This makes for interesting comparisons between countries, and Prof Nugent treads a well-judged line between looking for generalisations and acknowledging differences of circumstance.

He mixes broad brush with fine detail, and in this he is perhaps less successful. At times it is too easy to lose the thread as he dives off into close examination of conflicting ideas on a topic, suddenly resurfacing into the bigger picture a little further downstream in the narrative. That's good stuff for the historian who's interested in who's said what about event X, but harder for the general reader who loses track. The 11 pages of abbreviations which follow the preface warn of the complexity and the detail of national party politics described later on.

Martin Merediths ' State of Africa' is a more compelling read for the non-specialist, but of course ends up simplifying the 'whys' of such a turbulent and multi-factorial history. Prof Nugent's book is a better reflection of reality, but as a non-historian I'm glad I read Meredith first
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