Historical Dictionary of The Gambia

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Rowman & Littlefield, May 27, 2016 - History - 614 pages
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When The Gambia achieved its independence from Great Britain on 18 February 1965, as mainland Africa’s smallest state, its future seemed uncertain. It retained this status for nearly 30 years, An attempted coup d’état in July 1981 was put down, but, ironically, when other African states were returning to democratic government, Gambian democracy finally succumbed to a military coup on 22 July 1994. While civilian rule was restored in 1996, full democracy was not and a number of subsequent presidential and parliamentary elections have been far from free and fair, while The Gambia’s human rights record has been very poor since 1994.

This fifth edition of Historical Dictionary of The Gambia contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about The Gambia.
 

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Contents

Gambian Parliamentary Election Results 196020121
455
Gambian Presidential Election Results 19722011
457
Results of Referenda
459
Gambian Population Statistics1
461
Gambian Population Ethnic Distribution1
463
Bibliography
465
About the Author
559
Copyright

Chief Executives 18292016
453

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About the author (2016)

David Perfect has carried out research on Gambian politics and history since 1983 and has previously co-authored two books on The Gambia. He works in research management for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is a Visiting Research Associate at the University of Chester.

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