Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria

Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria

Toyin Falola
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/25/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22119-3
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Honorable Mention, Association for Third World Studies 2010 Cecil B. Currey Award.Winner, 2010 Nigerian Studies Association Book Award

Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria looks closely at the conditions that created a legacy of violence in Nigeria. Toyin Falola examines violence as a tool of domination and resistance, however unequally applied, to get to the heart of why Nigeria has not built a successful democracy. Falola’s analysis centers on two phases of Nigerian history: the last quarter of the 19th century, when linkages between violence and domination were part of the British conquest; and the first half of the 20th century, which was characterized by violent rebellion and the development of a national political consciousness. This important book emphasizes the patterns that have been formed and focuses on how violence and instability have influenced Nigeria today.

Author Bio

Toyin Falola is University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is editor (with Matt D. Childs) of The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2005); (with Kevin D. Roberts) of The Atlantic World: 1450–2000 (IUP, 2008); and (with Joel E. Tishken and Akíntúndé Akínyemí) of Sàngó in Africa and the African Diaspora (IUP, 2009).


“Well-researched, well-written with its richly textured and nuanced analysis, it is the first study to attempt a general and cohesive overview of the connections between violence and imperialism in colonial Nigeria.”
 — Funso Afolayan, University of New Hampshire

“Colonial violence treated from the point of view of the African victims/colonized, not from the self-serving perspective of European/British conquerors and colonizers.”
 — Felix Ekechi, Kent State University

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Table of Contents

Major Events in Nigerian History Covered in This Book

1. Violence and Colonial Conquest
2. Resistance by Violence
3. Violence and Colonial Consolidation
4. Taxation and Conflicts
5. Gendered Violence
6. Verbal Violence and Radical Nationalism
7. Labor, Wages, and Riots
Conclusion: Violence and Political Culture


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