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Historical dictionary of The Gambia

Author: Arnold Hughes; David Perfect
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2008.
Series: Historical dictionaries of Africa, no. 109.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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"The Gambia achieved independence from Great Britain on 18 February 1965. Despite its small size and population, it was able to establish itself as a functioning parliamentary democracy, a status it retained for nearly 30 years. The Gambia thus avoided the common fate of other African countries, which soon fell under authoritarian single-party rule or experienced military coups. In addition, its enviable political  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Wörterbuch
Dictionaries
History
History (form)
Encyclopedias (form)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold Hughes; David Perfect
ISBN: 9780810858251 0810858258 9780810862609 0810862603
OCLC Number: 212627111
Description: lix, 314 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Contents: Acronyms and abbreviations --
Map --
Chronology --
Introduction --
The dictionary --
Appendices: A. Chief Executives, 1829-2008; B. Gambian parliamentary election results, 1960-2007; C. Gambian presidential election results, 1972-2006; D. Results of referenda; E. Gambian population statistics; F. Gambian population : ethnic distribution.
Series Title: Historical dictionaries of Africa, no. 109.
Responsibility: Arnold Hughes and David Perfect.
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The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of The Gambia--through its chronology, introductory essay, appendixes, map, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on  Read more...

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This book is suitable for the reference shelves of large academic libraries and specialized African collections. * American Reference Books Annual, March 2009 *

 
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