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Power, Culture and Modernity in Nigeria

Beyond The Colony, 1st Edition

By Oluwatoyin Oduntan


192 pages

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In this book, Oluwatoyin Oduntan offers a critical intervention in the scholarly fields of Nigerian, and West African history, as well as towards understanding the intellectual ideas by which modern African society was formed, and how it functions.

The book traces the shifting dynamics between various segments of the African elite by critically analyzing existing historical accounts, traditions and archival documents. First, it explores the lost world of native intellectual thoughts as the perspective through which Africans experienced the colonial encounter. It thereby makes Africans central to contemporary debates about the meanings and legitimacy of colonial empires, and about the African cultural experience. It shows that the resettlement of liberated and Westernized Africans in Abeokuta and after them, European missionaries, merchants and colonial agents from the 1840s, did not dismantle preexisting power structures and social relations. Rather, educated Africans and Europeans entered into and added their voices to ongoing processes of defining culture and power.

By rendering a continuing narrative of change and adaptation which connects the pre-colonial to the post-colonial, Power, Culture and Modernity in Nigeria leads Africanist scholarship in new directions to rethink colonial impact and uncover the total creative sites of changes by which African societies were formed.

Table of Contents


List of Maps and Figures


Introduction: Colonialism and the African Modern

Chapter 1: Before the Modern: The Burden of Origins and Traditions

Chapter 2: Incipient order: settlers and returnees making the nation (1850-1880)

Chapter 3: Making Modern Monarchy: The Ambiance of a King, 1893-1920.

Chapter 4: Making a Nation: Colonialisms Unlimited, 1918-1940.

Chapter 5: "Rulers know their Bounds": Disease and Death in Abeokuta, 1937-1950.

Chapter 6: A Nation Unfulfilled: Local Rivalries, Nigerian Nationalism and

Global Ideas, 1950-

Epilogue/Conclusion: Continuities




About the Author

Tunde Oduntan is an Assistant Professor at Towson University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Africa

This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political, cultural and social history of individual countries as well as broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

Themes include social and economic change, colonial experiences, independence movements, post-independence governments, globalization in Africa, nationalism, gender histories, conflict, the Atlantic Slave trade, the environment, health and medicine, ethnicity, urbanisation, and neo-colonialism and aid.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Leanne Hinves [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Africa / General
HISTORY / Africa / West
HISTORY / Modern / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies