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By Marion Wallace

In 1990 Namibia won its independence after a decades-long fight opposed to South African rule--and, prior to that, opposed to German colonialism. This e-book, the 1st new scholarly common heritage of Namibia in twenty years, presents a clean synthesis of those occasions, and of the for much longer pre-colonial interval. A heritage of Namibia opens with a bankruptcy by way of John Kinahan protecting the proof of human job in Namibia from the earliest occasions to the 19th century, and for the 1st time creating a synthesis of present archaeological study commonly to be had to non-specialists. In next chapters, Marion Wallace weaves jointly the main updated educational study (in English and German) on Namibian historical past, from the mid-eighteenth century to the current. She explores histories of migration, creation and tool within the pre-colonial interval, the adjustments prompted by means of 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 historical past and historiography of the wars fought in important 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 conflict among 1946 and 1990. The book's end appears to be like in short on the improvement of Namibia within the 20 years because independence. A heritage of Namibia provides a useful advent and reference resource to the prior of a rustic that's usually ignored, regardless of its importance within the background of the quarter and, certainly, for that of eu colonialism and diplomacy. It makes obtainable the newest learn at the kingdom, illuminates present controversies, places ahead new insights, and indicates destiny instructions for learn. The book's large bibliography provides to its usefulness for student and basic reader alike.

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