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The Palgrave Handbook of African Colonial and Postcolonial History

  • Martin S. Shanguhyia
  • Toyin Falola

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Martin S. Shanguhyia, Toyin Falola
    Pages 1-39
  3. Colonial Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Martin S. Shanguhyia
      Pages 43-80
    3. Toyin Falola, Chukwuemeka Agbo
      Pages 81-101
    4. Paul E. Lovejoy
      Pages 103-122
    5. Moses E. Ochonu
      Pages 123-143
    6. Judith A. Byfield
      Pages 145-170
    7. Gloria Chuku
      Pages 171-211
    8. Andrew E. Barnes
      Pages 239-280
    9. Kelly Duke Bryant
      Pages 281-302
    10. Matthew M. Heaton
      Pages 303-317
    11. Uyilawa Usuanlele, Oluwatoyin B. Oduntan
      Pages 319-338
    12. Meshack Owino
      Pages 339-353
    13. Meshack Owino
      Pages 355-372
    14. Kwabena O. Akurang-Parry, Isaac Indome
      Pages 373-388
    15. Temilola Alanamu, Benedict Carton, Benjamin N. Lawrance
      Pages 389-412
    16. Tanure Ojaide
      Pages 413-428
    17. Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
      Pages 429-449

About this book


This wide-ranging volume presents the most complete appraisal of modern African history to date. It assembles dozens of new and established scholars to tackle the questions and subjects that define the field, ranging from the economy, the two world wars, nationalism, decolonization, and postcolonial politics to religion, development, sexuality, and the African youth experience. Contributors are drawn from numerous fields in African studies, including art, music, literature, education, and anthropology. The themes they cover illustrate the depth of modern African history and the diversity and originality of lenses available for examining it. Older themes in the field have been treated to an engaging re-assessment, while new and emerging themes are situated as the book’s core strength. The result is a comprehensive, vital picture of where the field of modern African history stands today.


history of modern Africa postcolonial Africa colonial Africa gender in Africa African youth culture African nationalism African development European colonialism African slavery colonial economic history Portuguese Africa African migration African environmental history The Black Atlantic Franco-African relations global financial institutions in Africa African diaspora

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin S. Shanguhyia
    • 1
  • Toyin Falola
    • 2
  1. 1.History Department, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

About the editors

Martin S. Shanguhyia is Associate Professor of African History in the History Department of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, USA. His most recent book is Population, Tradition, and Environmental Control in Colonial Kenya (2015). 

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He has received seven honorary doctorates in addition to scores of lifetime career awards, and is the author and editor of over a hundred books.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of African Colonial and Postcolonial History
  • Editors Martin S. Shanguhyia
    Toyin Falola
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59425-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-92879-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59426-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXI, 1362
  • Number of Illustrations 12 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Imperialism and Colonialism
    African History
    Modern History
    Social History
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