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  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141984094
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $38.00

Africa's Long Road Since Independence

The Many Histories Of A Continent




A superb new history of Africa, told from the ground up

Over the last half century, sub-Saharan Africa has not had one history, but many. Histories that have intertwined, converged and diverged. They have involved a continuing process of decolonization and state-building, conflict, economic problems but also progress and the perpetual interplay of structure and agency.

This new view of those histories looks in particular at the relationship between territorial, economic, political and societal structures and human agency in the complex and sometimes confusing development of an independent Africa. The story starts well before the granting of independence to Ghana in 1957, but the book also looks at Africa in the closing decades of the old millennium and opening ones of the new. This is a book, too, about the history of the peoples of Africa and their struggle for economic development against the global economic straitjacket into which they were strapped by colonial rule and decolonisation. The importance of imposed or inherited structures, whether the global capitalist system, of which Africa is a subordinate part, or the artificial and often inappropriate state borders and political systems is discussed in the light of the exercise of agency by African peoples, political movements and leaders.

  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141984094
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $38.00

Praise for Africa's Long Road Since Independence

A wonderfully complex, compassionate and accessible introductory history of Africa. This book combines the keen eye of a front-line journalist who witnessed some of the continent's most dramatic contemporary events, with the deep analytical perspective of an academic. It works brilliantly

Joanna Lewis, London School of Economics and Political Scienc

Thoughtful, passionate . . . an unusually accessible study of Africa's many histories since 1970 . . . His intimacy with places and people give the book a grittiness that library research never provides

Richard Rathbone, School of Oriental and African Studies

An authoritative, accessible account of Africa's difficult 50 years since independence written by someone who clearly has the continent's interests at heart

Martin Plaut, African Arguments

This superb book is the product of many decades of close observation of Africa's past and present . . . It is genuinely innovative

Jack Spence, King's College London

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