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"Edward Arnold's "Contemporary History" series now joins Longman's "Post War World" series in offering. principally to students, scholarly but succinct and readable texts on the recent past."--English Historical Review
About the Author
Henry S. Wilson, Senior Lecturer in History, University of York.
I teach European history as well as African history, and I can recommend this book to anyone teaching a course about Decolonization, either in a class on modern Europe or in a class about modern Africa, whether you are teaching history, political science, or any related subject. It is an excellent overview of events and provides a good framework and context for additional reading. If you have not taught African decolonization before you will find this a valuable resource. If you are not teaching and have a general interest in the subject, this is also a good introduction. However, if you are teaching, or have a deeper interest in the subject, you will have to do additional reading, because this book is only good as an introduction to the topic. You are not going to find any in-depth discussions about anything: culture, society, political actors, etc. Obviously that is not the book's purpose, so I really shouldn't criticize it on those grounds. It is clear, straightforward and to-the-point and might be a good book to assign for students as well. Especially since it is short, but covers so much information. Professors who have been teaching these subjects for years, however, will not get a lot out of this book, I imagine, since it is a basic overview. I urge beginning teachers like myself to buy it, however.
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