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Nigeria’s University Age

Reframing Decolonisation and Development

  • Tim Livsey

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the world of Nigerian universities to offer an innovative perspective on the history of development and decolonisation from the 1930s to the 1960s. Using political, cultural and spatial approaches, the book shows that Nigerians and foreign donors alike saw the nation’s new universities as vital institutions: a means to educate future national leaders, drive economic growth, and make a modern Nigeria. Universities were vibrant places, centres of nightlife, dance, and the construction of spectacular buildings, as well as teaching and research. At universities, students, scholars, visionaries, and rebels considered and contested colonialism, the global Cold War, and the future of Nigeria. University life was shaped by, and formative to, experiences of development and decolonisation. The book will be of interest to historians of Africa, empire, education, architecture, and the Cold War. 

Keywords

education higher education university Cold War Decolonisation Development USA Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Tim Livsey
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of HistoryUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56505-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-56504-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56505-1
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