Cover of: Let freedom come | Basil Davidson

Let freedom come

Africa in modern history

1st American ed. --

Published by Little, Brown and Co. in Boston, Toronto .
Written in English.

About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

Author's note
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 : 1920-40
List three : 1940-70
List four : National independences
List five : Population totals

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.


The Physical Object

431 p.
Number of pages
22 x x centimeters

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