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Nationalism and African intellectuals /
Toyin Falola.
Rochester, N.Y. : University of Rochester Press, 2001.
xx, 372 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
1580460852 (alk. paper)
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Rochester, N.Y. : University of Rochester Press, 2001.
1580460852 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor of History, at the University of Texas at Austin
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-09-01:
Falola's purpose is to "explore the understanding of Africa by Africans of different generations and intellectual orientations" during the 19th and 20th centuries. This is an ambitious undertaking, which examines the evolution of African nationalist thought as a factor in the development of nationalism in Africa and casts a perspective over current issues. It moves from the familiar discourses on cultural nationalism, through the "Seek Ye the Political Kingdom" and Pan-Africanist syndromes, into the less-traveled territory of recent decades of the African Academy and historiography. Whether these intellectuals were using their own cultures as the basis for judgmental conclusions (e.g., Negritudists) or applying the same standards universally (e.g., Pan-Africanists), they were all involved in exploring values that touched the heart of a continent whose fate was increasingly subjected to overwhelming external forces. Falola concludes with an analysis of current intellectual activity in Africa and in the West, which could serve as a basis for exploring the future of Africanist discourse. While much of the book is focused on West Africa, and at times seems repetitive, it clearly rests on extensive and carefully evaluated evidence and intellectual experience. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. E. Doro emeritus, Connecticut College
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Toyin Falola examines the attempt by Western-educated African intellectuals to create a 'better' Africa through connecting nationalism to knowledge, from the anti-colonial movement to the end of the 20th century.
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This book is about how African intellectuals, influenced primarily by nationalism, have addressed the inter-related issues of power, identity politics, self-assertion and autonomy for themselves and their continent, from the mid-nineteenth century onward. Their major goal was to create a 'better Africa' by connecting nationalism to knowledge. The results have been mixed, from the glorious euphoria of the success of anti-colonial movements to the depressing circumstances of the African condition as we enter a new millennium.As the intellectual elite is a creation of the Western formal school system, the ideas it generated are also connected to the larger world of scholarship. This world is, in turn, shaped by European contacts with Africa from the fifteenth century onward, the politics of the Cold War, and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union. In essence, Africa and its elite cannot be fully understood without also considering the West and changing global politics. Neither can the academic and media contributions by non-Africans be ignored, as these also affect the ways that Africans think about themselves and their continent.Nationalism and African Intellectuals examines intellectuals' ambivalent relationships with the colonial apparatus and subsequent nation-state formations; the contradictions manifested within pan-Africanism and nationalism; and the relation of academic institutions and intellectual production to the state during the nationalism period and beyond. Toyin Falola is the Nalle Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.
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An examination of the attempt by Western-educated African intellectuals to create a 'better Africa' through connecting nationalism to knowledge, from the anti-colonial movement to the present-day.
Table of Contents
List of Mapsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Nationalism and Culture
Modern Intellectuals: Values and Visionp. 3
"The National Sentiment": Ideologues of Cultural Nationalismp. 56
Nationalism and Pan-Africanism
"Seek Ye the Political Kingdom": Nationalism and Nation Buildingp. 97
From Repatriation to Reparations: Old and New Pan-Africanismp. 143
Nationalism and the Academy
"Things Fall Apart": The Rise and Decline of the African Academyp. 181
"African Glories": Nationalist Historiographyp. 223
Intellectuals and Africa in a Changing World Orderp. 261
Notesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 359
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