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By Marion Wallace

In 1990 Namibia won its independence after a decades-long fight opposed to South African rule--and, earlier than that, opposed to German colonialism. This publication, the 1st new scholarly common background of Namibia in twenty years, offers a clean synthesis of those occasions, and of the for much longer pre-colonial interval. A historical past of Namibia opens with a bankruptcy through John Kinahan overlaying the facts of human job in Namibia from the earliest occasions to the 19th century, and for the 1st time creating a synthesis of present archaeological learn generally to be had to non-specialists. In next chapters, Marion Wallace weaves jointly the main updated educational examine (in English and German) on Namibian heritage, from the mid-eighteenth century to the current. She explores histories of migration, construction and gear within the pre-colonial interval, the alterations prompted through eu enlargement, and the dynamics of the interval of formal colonialism. The insurance of German rule contains a complete bankruptcy at the genocide of 1904-8. right here, Wallace outlines the background and historiography of the wars fought in valuable and southern Namibia, and the next mass imprisonment of defeated Africans in focus camps. the ultimate chapters examine the interval of African nationalism, apartheid and warfare among 1946 and 1990. The book's end seems to be in brief on the improvement of Namibia within the 20 years because independence. A historical past of Namibia provides a useful creation and reference resource to the earlier of a rustic that's usually ignored, regardless of its value within the heritage of the area and, certainly, for that of ecu colonialism and diplomacy. It makes available the newest learn at the nation, illuminates present controversies, places ahead new insights, and indicates destiny instructions for study. The book's broad bibliography provides to its usefulness for pupil and normal reader alike.

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