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The Crippled Giant : Nigeria Since Independence - Eghosa E. Osaghae

The Crippled Giant

Nigeria Since Independence

Paperback Published: 22nd October 1998
ISBN: 9780253211972
Number Of Pages: 368

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"Crippled Giant is an excellent summary of Nigerian political history.... The work is notable for even-handed analysis of both history and theory. The result is an introduction of the highest quality to the study of Nigerian politics." -- African Studies Review

"Osaghae, an academic with a refreshingly neutral and understated approach to the maddening follies of his government, has produced a highly readable overview of Nigeria's politics, economy, and foreign relations. Rich in detail, his account is also a useful tour of earlier thematic treatments of the subject." -- Foreign Affairs

"... well-written, coherent narrative and thoughtful, balanced analysis of Nigeria's political history from 1960 to 1996."Aÿ -- A. H. M. Kirk-Greene, St. Antony's College, Oxford

Eghosa Osaghae's study leads him to the conclusion that Nigeria's problems are not of recent making but can be traced to structural impediments from colonial times.

Political Milestones in Nigeria, 1960-1996
Historical and Analytical Overviewp. 1
Historical overviewp. 1
The bases of Nigerian politicsp. 12
The consequences of Nigeria's location in the global systemp. 28
The First Republic, 1960-1966p. 31
Backgroundp. 32
Political developments and build-up to the collapse of the Republicp. 38
The economyp. 47
Foreign policyp. 50
The First Phase of Military Rule, 1966-1979p. 54
The character and context of military intervention and rulep. 54
The Ironsi regimep. 56
The Gowon regimep. 61
The civil warp. 65
Post-war developmentsp. 68
The economy in the first phase of military rulep. 96
Foreign policyp. 104
The Second Republic, 1979-1983p. 110
Conceptual notes and backgroundp. 110
The contextual frameworkp. 113
The major actors: political partiesp. 118
The 1979 electionsp. 125
Developments in the inter-election yearsp. 130
The 1983 electionsp. 144
Collapse of the Republicp. 154
The economyp. 155
Foreign policyp. 160
The Return of the Military: The Buhari Regime, 1983-1985p. 163
The coup of 31 December 1983p. 165
'Pulling the country out of the economic mess'p. 170
A balance sheetp. 185
Foreign policyp. 186
The Babangida Years and After, 1985-1993p. 188
The 'redeemer' cometh?p. 189
Structural adjustmentp. 196
The labyrinth of a political transitionp. 207
Back to the transition: the remainderp. 225
The stirring of civil society and political conflictsp. 242
12 June and its aftermathp. 251
Foreign policyp. 267
The Abacha Regime, 1993-1996p. 273
The nature of Abacha's intervention and rulep. 273
Continued economic declinep. 281
A reluctant democratic transition?p. 286
Civil society eruption: Nigeria on the march again!p. 294
Foreign policyp. 306
Conclusionp. 311
Referencesp. 319
Indexp. 335
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ISBN: 9780253211972
ISBN-10: 0253211972
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 22nd October 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.62 x 13.87  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.43