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Historical Dictionary of The Gambia
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Publisher Scarecrow Pr
Publication date August 30, 2008
Pages 314
Binding Hardcover
Edition 4th
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780810858251
ISBN-10 0810858258
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.50 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1.46 lbs.
Original list price $109.00
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: The Gambia achieved its independence from Great Britain on February 18, 1965 and became mainland Africa's smallest state. Despite its small size and population, it was able to establish itself as a functioning parliamentary democracy for nearly 30 years, avoiding the common fate of other African countries, which soon fell under authoritarian single-party rule or experienced military coups. In addition, its political stability and modest economic success enabled it to avoid remaining under British domination or being absorbed by its larger French-speaking neighbor, Senegal, as anticipated by many at the country's birth. It was also able to defeat an attempted coup d'état in July 1981. However, just as other African states were returning to democratic government, Gambian democracy finally succumbed to a military coup on July 22, 1994. Since then, the restoration of democracy has remained incomplete and disputed, as does the military successor government's attempts to meet the country's economic and social needs.

The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of The Gambia―through its chronology, introductory essay, appendixes, map, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, institutions, and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects―provides an important reference on this burgeoning African country.

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5th edition from Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc (May 31, 2016)
9781442265226 | details & prices | 576 pages | List price $135.00
About: When The Gambia achieved its independence from Great Britain on 18 February 1965, as mainland Africa’s smallest state, its future seemed uncertain.
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With Arnold Hughes | 4th edition from Scarecrow Pr (August 30, 2008)
9780810858251 | details & prices | 314 pages | 5.50 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.46 lbs | List price $109.00
About: The Gambia achieved its independence from Great Britain on February 18, 1965 and became mainland Africa's smallest state.

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