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Percival, John 1937-2005

Works: 14 works in 27 publications in 1 language and 1,775 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Producer, Director
Classifications: DT576, 967.1104
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Most widely held works by John Percival
The 1961 Cameroon plebiscite choice or betrayal by John Percival( )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United Nations-organised plebiscite on 11 February 1961 was one of the most significant events in the history of the southern and northern parts of the British-administered trust territory in Cameroon. John Percival was sent by the then Colonial Office as part of the team to oversee the process. This book captures the story of the plebiscite in all its dimensions and intricacies and celebrates the author's admiration for things African through a series of reminiscences of what life was like in the 1960s, both for the Africans themselves and for John Percival as a very young man. The complex story is also a series of reflections about the effect of the modern world on Africa. It is a thorough, insightful, rich and enlightening first-hand source on a political landmark that has never been told before in this way. In a vivid style with a great sense of humour, Percival's witty, cogent, eyewitness and active-participant account deconstructs the rumours and misrepresentations about the February 1961 Plebiscite which was a prelude to reunification and to the present day politics of 'belonging' in Cameroon. "One of the major merits of this book is to provide us with a deeper insight into the role of those actors who have never been the subject of plebiscite studies, namely the Plebiscite Supervisory Officers." - Piet Konings, African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands John Percival-Anthropologist, Writer, Television Broadcaster of many innovative BBC series on the environment, history and anthropology. As a young graduate he was recruited and sent to serve in the Southern Cameroons as a Plesbiscite Supervisory Officer in 1961. He died in 2005 after a recent return visit to Cameroon with Nigel Wenban-Smith who writes an epilogue. This posthumous memoir has been edited by his wife, Lalage Neal
Living Islam( Visual )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series both about Islam as a living idea and how the idea is lived. It is a tour round the history, the faith and cultures of Islam. Focuses on what it mean to be Muslim in today's world, living with the great tradition of a world religion, and the little traditions of local, regional and village cultures
The great famine : Ireland's potato famine, 1845-1851 by John Percival( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For valour : the Victoria Cross : courage in action by John Percival( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living in the past by John Percival( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a continent Africa( Visual )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gives a history of Africa from many locations showing life as it is today plus archive film and dramatized reconstructions. Discusses the major struggles for African independence and looks at the post-colonial Africa of today. Includes interviews with several African statesmen
All our children( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Children from around the world tell their own stories about growing up. Based on substantial widespread research and consultation with leading child experts, this informed series also tugs at the heartstrings
Africa by Basil Davidson( Visual )

4 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Basil Davidson examines the art, history, politics, technology and cultures of various nations of Africa, and the impact of foreign cultures upon the continent
Africa( Visual )

2 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charts the major struggles for African independence in Ghana, Kenya, Algeria, and the Belgian Congo. Looks at the situation in Guinea-Bissau and interviews the military leader in Mozambique. Desribes the final collapse of the white minority in Zimbabwe. Turns to South Africa and its apartheid to question how long this final bastion of white rule can survive
A case of suicide( Visual )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A study of a 17-year old wife and mother who took her own life. Discusses the causes of her suicide, what could have been done to prevent it and the effect on her family
Living Islam( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

What does it mean to be a Muslim in today's world? This series examines the motives, attitudes and beliefs of the Islamic world. From the age-old centres of Islam to the new Islamic African nations, it examines life within the Great Tradition of a world religion and the Little Tradition of local, regional and village culture
Africa( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"This magnificent African cake" is a phrase attributed to King Leopold of Belgium. The 1880s saw the beginning of a 30-year "scramble for Africa" which dramatically changed the face of the continent. This documentary traces the major developments of African history between the 1880s and 1945. It also examines the different ways colonial rule was established by the various European imperialists in such places as Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Mozambique. All of Africa, except for Liberia and Ethiopia, became subject to colonial rule, a condition unchanged until the Italian fascists invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in 1935 and the outbreak of the Second World War in 1945. This documentary includes archival film footage, stills, and personal narratives which document this period
Africa( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Examines the attitudes of 18th and 19th century Europeans towards Africans and the Europeans refusal to admit the great accomplishments of early African civilizations. Touches on the birth of racism and color prejudice that came about with the Atlantic trade and more specifically, the African slave trade. Features early settlement along the Nile River by the people who fled the arid region that was soon to become the Sahara Desert. Discusses the influences of these people on the Egypt of the Pharoahs. Discusses the black African origins of the ancient Egyptian civilization. Features the Kingdom of Kush and its capital, Meroe (an extinct city) and the identity of the Nubians of this region. Examines two modern day cultures in the Nuba Hills region which may closely reflect ancient Nubian culture. Examines the Nubian Christians of the Middle Ages who built monasteries and cathedrals, created beautiful frescoes, and fought in the Crusades
Modern rhymes for modern kids by Barrie Dickinson( Visual )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Alternative Names
Percival, John Edward 1937-2005

English (27)

The great famine : Ireland's potato famine, 1845-1851The story of a continent Africa