By Toyin Falola, Matthew M. Heaton
Nigeria is Africa's such a lot populous kingdom and the world's 8th greatest oil manufacturer, yet its good fortune has been undermined in fresh many years through ethnic and non secular clash, political instability, rampant legit corruption and an sick financial system. Toyin Falola, a number one historian in detail conversant in the quarter, and Matthew Heaton, who has labored generally on African technological know-how and tradition, mix their services to give an explanation for the context to Nigeria's fresh problems via an exploration of its pre-colonial and colonial previous, and its trip from independence to statehood. by way of studying key topics corresponding to colonialism, faith, slavery, nationalism and the economic climate, the authors convey how Nigeria's historical past has been swayed by way of the vicissitudes of the area round it, and the way Nigerians have tailored to fulfill those demanding situations. This ebook bargains a different portrayal of a resilient humans residing in a rustic with monstrous, yet unrealized, strength.
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The trans-Saharan trade trickled to a halt in the twentieth century with the advent of British colonial rule. The savannas were also commercially connected to the states of the forest zone, which themselves traded with the coastal states. Nigerian communities also traded east and west throughout west Africa, 10 A History of Nigeria as well as with each other, in ways that led to historical linkages between distinct, independent states in the region that long pre-dated colonial rule. Important items of trade in the pre-colonial period included food items, salt, leather goods, weapons, horses, and textiles, all of which could be traded by barter as well as for beads, iron and copper rods, and cowry shells, which were commonly used currencies.
The first three chapters are concerned with the pre-colonial history of Nigeria. Chapter 1 discusses the formation of human societies and the creation of states in the Nigerian area in the period before 1500 CE. Chapter 2 focuses on developments in the period between 1500 and 1800, with emphasis on the consolidation of and rivalries between the Hausa states and Kanem-Borno in the northern savannas and on the effects on southern societies of the growing trade with Europeans on the coast, particularly the slave trade.
The country is bordered to the south by the Bights of Benin and Biafra, which are on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. On the west Nigeria is bordered by Benin, on the north by Niger, and on the east by Cameroon. In its extreme northeastern corner, Lake Chad separates Nigeria from the country of Chad. Nigeria stretches roughly 700 miles from west to east and 650 miles from south to north, covering an area between 3 and 15 E longitude and between 4 and 14 N latitude. The territories that make up modern-day Nigeria exhibit diverse geographical characteristics, ranging from tropical to arid.
A History of Nigeria by Toyin Falola, Matthew M. Heaton