Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria

Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria

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Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria looks closely at the conditions that created a legacy of violence in Nigeria. Toyin Falola examines violence as a tool of domination and resistance, however unequally applied, to get to the heart of why Nigeria has not built a successful democracy. Falola's analysis centers on two phases of Nigerian history: the last quarter of the 19th century, when linkages between violence and domination were part of the British conquest; and the first half of the 20th century, which was characterized by violent rebellion and the development of a national political consciousness. This important book emphasizes the patterns that have been formed and focuses on how violence and instability have influenced Nigeria more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253221196
  • 9780253221193
  • 1,500,020

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Overall, this book brings a refreshing angle to a familiar subject. . . . The framework of violence particularly allows us to see both the power and limitations of the colonial state and in so doing, marks an important contribution to the broader scholarship on British imperialism in Africa. December 2010 * American Historical Review * This book is another strong contribution from Africa's most prolific historian. . . . Recommended.July 2010 * Choice * Toyin Falola has worked extensively on both the impact of colonial rule and the role of violence in structuring social relations in Nigeria, and [this book] clearly stands at the intersection of two significant areas of his research.... [A] very welcome addition to the literature on Nigeria.2010, Volume 51 * The Journal of African History * Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria is an indispensable resource for lecturers, and will endure as a useful synthesis for researchers and devotees of Nigerian history. Vol. 43, no. 2, 2010 * Intl. Journal of African Historical Studies * This is an important topic, and it would take a scholar of Falola's prodigious range to do it justice. Indeed, the volume he has produced provides a useful and readable overview to the problem. July, 2010 * H-Net Reviews *show more

About Toyin Falola

Toyin Falola is University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is editor (with Matt D. Childs) of The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2005); (with Kevin D. Roberts) of The Atlantic World: 1450-2000 (IUP, 2008); and (with Joel E. Tishken and Akintunde Akinyemi) of Sango in Africa and the African Diaspora (IUP, 2009).show more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsMajor Events in Nigerian History Covered in This Book1. Violence and Colonial Conquest2. Resistance by Violence3. Violence and Colonial Consolidation4. Taxation and Conflicts5. Gendered Violence6. Verbal Violence and Radical Nationalism7. Labor, Wages, and RiotsConclusion: Violence and Political CultureNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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