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Summary

With a culture dating back to at least 700 B.C., West Africa has a long and rich history. British influence after the 16th century, and especially in the 18th century, changed the region's course. By 1967, Nigeria was at war with itself, with the "Republic of Biafra" produced in Nigeria's eastern region. Over a million people perished. This is the story of Nigeria's struggle, which typifies the history and outlook of the West African region.

The World's Political Hot Spots series explains the basis of conflicts in some of the world's most politically sensitive areas. Many of these regions are in today's headlines, and tensions recently have become violent in virtually all of them. Each presentation covers up to 10 centuries of background, revealing how and why today's problems occur.

©1992 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. / Knowledge Products (P)1992 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. / Knowledge Products

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Simply Excellent insight

This was a comprehensive review of the history of West Africa and the formation of Nigeria. Cant recommend this book enough

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A good enough summary

Interesting summary of Nigeria's history but skimmed over the ignorance of the British government in setting up a place of unrest.

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incredibly detailed and human

This book is a must read if you want to understand Nigeria at a deeper level. With details such as exact dates, figures and quotes, it provides an evidence based, but still human, representation of the past and history of this potentially great nation.

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short, and very insightful into Nigerian history

good audio performance illuminating the history of Nigeria pre 15th century , past encounters with the Europeans, colonialism, independence and the politics behind the Biafran war. Id recommended for anyone interested in a brief history of Nigeria

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interesting take on Nigeria

This was an interesting listen, it was mostly the European high level view but still very informative.

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Very Good History to Nigeria

Well introduced and easy to follow. Very insightful and good for those looking to know the history of Nigeria.

I would recommend this one for sure.

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Heart-breaking yet Informative

This audio book was presented really well and had lots of information. Nigeria is a very complicated country with a troubled past. Books like this help to uncover the mystery behind west-Africa's history.

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easy listen . loved it

The narration was just right with the right amount if information. there wasn't an overwhelming amount of data. Great book to build on.

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interesting brief on the area

a gpod as anywhere start to understanding this region. pressed in an interesting manner but equally lacks perhaps the details that a student of history would be hungry to absorb.

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Good Starting Point

Would you consider the audio edition of Nigeria and West Africa to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nigeria and West Africa?

One of the most intriguing areas was hearing about the arrival of the 1st Europeans to Africa, and the later rush for Africa by Europe.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The rush and rise of Africa

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  • amckiereads
  • 22-06-11

Interesting but out of date.

This book starts way back in the beginning, talking about the early history of the area and the rock carvings and archeological impacts in the area. It slowly moves up through history sharing both oral and written sources and talking about the West’s interactions with the area and how they slowly increased. The book did have a heavy Western orientation as a lot of what it covered and discussed was the West’s meddling in Nigeria and the perspective of the Europeans.Overall this was an interesting book that covered a lot of history, but it was very dated. It was originally written and copyrighted in 1992, and is in desperate need of an update.

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  • Uwe Onyile
  • 22-03-15

Nigeria in view

Perfect account of the Nation Nigeria. Perfect narration, however, audio captions should be real voices.

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  • 03-04-22

Problematic at best

This audible starts of so negatively I had to cut it off. Refers to West Africa as “Black Africa” and describes indigenous peoples as natives and savages….not for me

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  • Sunny
  • 26-10-21

Questioning

valuable information. I'll be doing my own research to confirm. love the narration presented.

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  • Melissa Lynn Hawes
  • 15-09-21

Love it!

Absolutely great! Fantastic job on the 😊 Sources we've and I'll share it. Awesome sauce!😊

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  • nnamdi
  • 03-05-21

History done well

Amazing. As a Nigerian, I really enjoyed this. I wanted to learn about our history and this book did just that. The pleasant surprise was how well it was done, with respect, great story telling format, and in a factual and objective way.

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  • Andrew Hendon III
  • 05-04-21

Enjoyed the Audiobook

Thanks for the history of the region, as I attempt to learn more about the culture of its indigenous Monday.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-21

Well-written and well performed

it's an interesting review of the recent history of Nigeria for clueless foreigners like me. I liked the choice of native speakers to read the citations. As for the main narrator, he manages to strike a good balance in the intonation and speed.

I can't speak for its historicity, but overall I liked the work.

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  • HSB3
  • 25-01-20

Poor rendition

a good story poorly told ,I should have known better and not downloaded this book.

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  • Ade
  • 24-12-19

Educational

Learned a great deal of history. I like the evolution that the narrator took to detail Nigeria's growth.