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Let freedom come : Africa in modern history / by Basil Davidson

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Davidson, Basil 1914-2010  Search this
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431 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"An Atlantic Monthly Press book."
AFA copy 39088019018357 gift from Robert L. Hall.
Part One: Introductory: setting the scene -- The century of nationalism -- Structure and contingence -- On the eve -- Part Two: Before nationalism -- Founding charters -- Development within the African model -- Nineteenth-century growth and crisis -- Part Three: The colonial model: 1890-1939 -- The reasons why -- Completing the enclosure -- Doctrine and reality -- The system to 1930: 1. Labour -- The system to 1930: 2. Land -- The system to 1930: 3. Trade -- The great slump and the 1930s -- Facing the consequences -- Part Four: African responses: 1890-1939 -- The many and the few: a great divide -- From prophets to strike-leaders -- 'Useless visionaries, detestable clerks' -- In the Fench context -- Part Five: The drive for nationhood: 1940 to about 1960 -- 'Freedom nothing but freedom ... ' -- After the Second the World War: the system expanded -- New pace-makers -- Winning the political kingdom: in British West Africa -- In French Africa: the dual struggle -- From east to south Africa: the settler factor -- In the lesser empires -- Part Six: But whose nation?: the search renewed -- The gains of independence -- Wrestling with the imported model: anger and frustration -- Wrestling with the imported model: underlying causes -- New departures: towards an African model -- The politics of liberation -- Under the southern cross -- The limits of nationalism, and beyond? -- Useful dates: List One: Late c.19 to 1920 -- List Two: 1920-1940 -- List Three: 1940-70 -- List Four: National independences -- List Five: Population totals
A book that could not be written until now because of limitations imposed by Britain's Official Secrets Act, Let Freedom Come presents the history of sub-Saharan Africa in this century, from the death throes of European imperialism to the birth pangs and often bloody adolescences of the newly independent African nations. The author draws upon his unexcelled command of modern African history, society, and culture, at the same time reemphasizing that Africa had evolved her own cities, civilizations, indeed empires, as great as any in Western Europe before the first Europeans ever ventured onto the continent. Writing from the belief that the new history of Africa flows organically out of the old, Davidson envisions a purely African revolution in the near future, from whose outcome will emerge a new African consciousness and wholly new institutions rooted in African history. - Back cover.
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