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The Amalgamation and its Enemies

An Interpretive History of Modern Nigeria

edited by Richard A Olaniyan

Amalgamation has become an ideal - the ideal of Nigerian nationhood. The question however, is whether this ideal is achievable. The thesis of this study is that the political history of the Nigerian state since 1914 has been a story of the struggle between the forces of hegemony, caused by the historical imbalance of the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates; and the need to promote integration. The contributors discuss how this has resulted in an unrelenting struggle between the threat of disintegration on the one hand, and advocacy of constitutional remodelling to achieve a more cohesive federation, on the other.

ISBN 9789781361340 | 268 pages | 254 x 178 mm | Maps | 2003 | Obafemi Awolowo University Press, Nigeria | Paperback

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