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Dark age : the political odyssey of Emperor Bokassa

Author: E Brian Titley
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dark Age recounts the turbulent political career of the late Jean-Bedel Bokassa, flamboyant president-for-life and later emperor of the Central African Republic/Empire. Brian Titley examines the myths and legends surrounding the man, probes their origins and veracity, and attempts to provide a more balanced perspective on this controversial and misunderstood figure." "Following a lengthy career in the French army,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Bokassa, Emperor of the Central African Empire; Bokassa, empereur de Centrafrique; Bokassa, Emperor of the Central African Empire
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E Brian Titley
ISBN: 0773516026 9780773516021 0853237123 9780853237129
OCLC Number: 36340842
Description: xii, 257 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Brian Titley.

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An account of the turbulent career of Jean-Bedel Bokassa, self-styled and tyrannical Emperor of the Central African Republic. Titley probes the origins and veracity of the myths and legends  Read more...

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