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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

South Asia and Africa After Independence

Post-colonialism in Historical Perspective

ISBN 9780230239838
Publication Date February 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

The first single-volume comparative history of postcolonial South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in the first generation since independence. Drawing together detailed economic and political analysis, Waites assesses the colonial impact on these regions, establishing breaks and continuities, and highlighting their diversity and interplay.

BERNARD WAITESVisiting Senior Research Fellow at theOpenUniversity, UK.His publications include A Class Society at War and Europe and the Third World (PalgraveMacmillan, 1999).

Introduction: Post-colonialism in Historical Perspective
Post-colonial Trajectories in South Asia
Democracy, Economic Planning and Economic Stagnation in India: 1947 c.1975
Caste in post-colonial India
Politics and Economics in Independent African States
Nigeria and Congo-Zaire, 1960 – c.1975: Decolonisation, Civil War and State Recovery
Nigeria and Congo-Zaire from the 1970s to Late 1990s: Regional Giants, Giant Failures?
Colonialism, Post-colonialism and Ethnic Violence: the Examples of Rwanda and Burundi
Angola and Mozambique
Summary and Conclusions


A new, carefully researched and broadly cross-disciplinary synthesis of post-colonial experiences in South Asia and Africa.' - Richard Ford, Research Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment, Clark University, USA
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