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By Arnold Hughes

A Political heritage of the Gambia: 1816-1994 is the 1st whole account of the political background of the previous British West African dependency to be written. It uses a lot hitherto unconsulted or unavailable British and Gambian reputable and personal documentary resources, in addition to interviews with many Gambian politicians and previous British colonial officers. the 1st a part of the publication charts the origins and features of recent politics in colonial Bathurst (Banjul) and its growth into the Gambian inside (Protectorate) within the twenty years after international warfare II. through independence in 1965, older urban-based events within the capital were defeated by means of a brand new, rural-based political supplier, the People's innovative social gathering (PPP). the second one a part of the booklet analyzes the capability wherein the PPP, lower than President Sir Dawda Jawara, succeeded in defeating either latest and new rival political events and an tried coup in 1981. The e-book closes with an evidence of the dying of the PPP by the hands of a military coup in 1994. The booklet not just establishes these precise facets of Gambian political background, but additionally relates those to the broader local and African context, throughout the colonial and independence classes.

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We'd additionally prefer to recognize our indebtedness to the pioneering scholarship of Dr. Florence Mahoney, herself xiii xiv Acknowledgments descended from the Liberated African group in Banjul, for our research of nineteenth-century political historical past in Chapters three and four. it's a topic of remorse to us that her doctoral thesis, “Government and Opinion within the Gambia 1816–1901,” continues to be unpublished. we might relatively prefer to recognize the help of of our former colleagues and associates. The overdue Professor Douglas Rimmer, previously Director of the Centre of West African experiences, college of Birmingham, generously supplied very worthwhile reviews on bankruptcy 1 regardless of expanding unwell wellbeing and fitness on the time. Our fellow analyst of Gambian politics, Dr. John Wiseman, previously of the collage of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, engaged in lots of debates with either authors. Tragically, John died in 2002 prior to he may possibly touch upon the ultimate drafts of the e-book; yet his widow, Gill, tremendously assisted our examine through supplying us John’s tremendous choice of glossy Gambian newspapers and different West African magazines. we might additionally prefer to thank the 2 (Gambian) educational readers of the publication, who supplied very worthwhile reviews at the penultimate draft. The collage of Rochester Press merits our specific gratitude for agreeing to put up this kind of long paintings, as do the 3 participants of its editorial employees, Suzanne Guiod, Sue Smith, and Katie Hurley, for dealing so patiently and successfully with our many queries. Our thank you move besides to Harry Buglass of the collage of Birmingham for drawing the map of The Gambia. additionally, the examine for the publication couldn't were undertaken with out the ongoing and beneficiant monetary help of the collage of Birmingham and its Centre of West African experiences. regardless of our indebtedness to these types of participants, any error or shortcomings are exclusively the accountability of the authors. ultimately, on a extra own observe, we wish to thank our respective better halves, Diana (Hughes) and Jill (Perfect), who've needed to stay with all issues Gambian for extra years than they might care to recollect. ABBREVIATIONS AA ACR AFPRC AMRC APRC ARPS AT BanCC BATC BBM BCC BO BTC BTU BUDC BYMS CCYC CFAO CILSS CO CRD DCA DO EEC ECOMOG ECOWAS ERP Ex. Co. FAO FCO FO GA GATU Administrative parts Africa modern checklist militia Provisional Ruling Council resources administration and restoration fee Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and building Aborigines’ Rights safeguard Society The African instances Banjul urban Council Bathurst Advisory city Council Black Brotherhood move Bathurst urban Council The Bathurst Observer and West African Gazette Bathurst city Council Bathurst exchange Union Bathurst city District Council Bathurst younger Muslims Society primary Council of youngster golf equipment Compagnie Française de l’Afrique Occidentale Comité everlasting intre-états de los angeles lutte contre l. a. sécheresse dans le Sahel Colonial place of work primary River department Democratic Congress Alliance Dominion workplace eu financial group ECOWAS Cease-Fire tracking workforce financial group of West African States financial restoration Programme government Council foodstuff and Agricultural association international and Commonwealth workplace international workplace Gambian nationwide files Gambia Amalgamated exchange Union xv xvi Abbreviations GBA GCDB GCP GCU GD GDP GE GFCMA GG GLU GMC GMDA GNA GNAssocn GNB GNDU GNG GNL GNP GNU GNYC move GPP GRC GSRP GTU GUSRWP GW GWC GWU HDI HIID ICFTU ICS ILO IMF ITUC-NW IUP KNMF KSV LAI Leg.

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