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By Marion Wallace

In 1990 Namibia won its independence after a decades-long fight opposed to South African rule--and, ahead of that, opposed to German colonialism. This publication, the 1st new scholarly common historical past of Namibia in twenty years, offers a clean synthesis of those occasions, and of the for much longer pre-colonial interval. A background of Namibia opens with a bankruptcy via John Kinahan overlaying the facts of human task in Namibia from the earliest occasions to the 19th century, and for the 1st time creating a synthesis of present archaeological study generally on hand to non-specialists. In next chapters, Marion Wallace weaves jointly the main up to date educational learn (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 alterations prompted by way of ecu enlargement, and the dynamics of the interval of formal colonialism. The assurance of German rule incorporates a complete bankruptcy at the genocide of 1904-8. the following, Wallace outlines the background and historiography of the wars fought in imperative 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 battle among 1946 and 1990. The book's end appears in short on the improvement of Namibia within the 20 years in view that independence. A heritage of Namibia provides a useful creation and reference resource to the prior of a rustic that's frequently ignored, regardless of its value within the background of the area and, certainly, for that of eu colonialism and diplomacy. It makes obtainable the newest learn at the state, illuminates present controversies, places ahead new insights, and indicates destiny instructions for learn. The book's broad bibliography provides to its usefulness for student and basic reader alike.

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