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Birmingham, David

Overview
Works: 60 works in 380 publications in 7 languages and 11,045 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Composer, Contributor
Classifications: DP538, 946.9
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Most widely held works by David Birmingham
A concise history of Portugal by David Birmingham( Book )

57 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This concise, illustrated history of Portugal offers an introduction to the people and culture of the country, to its three empires in Asia, America and Africa, and to its search in Europe for economic modernisation, political stability and international partnership. After a short introduction to Portugal's two-thousand-year history before the restoration of 1640, the book studies the effects of the vast wealth mined from Brazil, of the growth of the wine trade and of the evolution of close ties with England, Portugal's 'oldest ally'. The Portuguese Revolution of 1820 to 1851 created a liberal monarchy, but in 1910 the king was overthrown and in 1926 he was replaced by a dictatorship which tried to overcome Portugal's poverty by building a new empire in Africa. By 1974 the southern empire looked less attractive than the industrial north, and Portugal did a volte-face to become a democratic member of the European Community in 1986. This is the first single-volume account of Portugal's history to be written since the days of dictatorship and colonisation. As such it will become standard reading for anyone interested in the development of Portuguese economy and society
Pre-Colonial African Trade: essays on trade in Central and Eastern Africa before 1900 by Richard Gray( Book )

16 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The decolonization of Africa by David Birmingham( Book )

25 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This bold, popularizing synthesis presents a readily accessible introduction to one of the major themes of twentieth-century world history. Between 1922, when self-government was restored to Egypt, and 1994, when non-racial democracy was achieved in South Africa, no less than 54 new nations were established in Africa. Written within the parameters of African history, as opposed to imperial history, this study charts the processes of nationalism, liberation and independence that recast the political map of Africa in these years. Ranging from Algeria in the North, where a French colonial government used armed force to combat Algerian aspirations to home-rule, to the final overthrow of apartheid in the South, this is an authoritative survey that will be welcomed by all students tackling this complex and challenging topic
History of Central Africa( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trade and conflict in Angola: the Mbundu and their neighbours under the influence of the Portuguese, 1483-1790 by David Birmingham( Book )

14 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kwame Nkrumah : the father of African nationalism by David Birmingham( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The First African Statesman to achieve world recognition was Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972), who became president of the new Republic of Ghana in 1960. He campaigned ceaselessly for African solidarity and for the liberation of southern Africa from white settler rule. His greatest achievement was to win the right of black peoples in Africa to have a vote and to determine their own destiny." "This revised edition of Birmingham's biography chronicles the public accomplishments of this extraordinary leader, who faced some of the century's most challenging political struggles over colonial transition, African nationalism, and pan-Africanism. It also relates some of the personal trials of a complex individual." "This remarkable life story, which touches on many of the issues facing modern Africa, will open a window of understanding for the general reader as well as for graduate and undergraduate classes."--Jacket
Portugal and Africa by David Birmingham( Book )

26 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Portuguese and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Portuguese conquest of Angola by David Birmingham( Book )

20 editions published between 1965 and 1975 in English and Portuguese and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trade and empire in the Atlantic, 1400-1600 by David Birmingham( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work provides an accessible introduction to European expansion overseas during the early modern period. It explains why and how seafarers visited the Caribbean, South America and Africa, and looks at the history of the communities which lived around the ocean as they responded to the challenges and opportunities which sea trade opened for them. Historical thinking on the subject of Empire is naturally controversial as is shown by this survey of the first four stages of early Atlantic colonisation from the conquest of the Canary Islands to the creation of slave plantations in Brazil
History of Central Africa : the contemporary years since 1960( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of postcolonial Lusophone Africa by Patrick Chabal( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Empire in Africa : Angola and its neighbors by David Birmingham( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dark years of European fascism left their indelible mark on Africa. As late as the 1970s, Angola was still ruled by white autocrats, whose dictatorship was eventually overthrown by black nationalists who had never experienced either the rule of law or participatory democracy. Empire in Africa takes the long view of history and asks whether the colonizing ventures of the Portuguese can bear comparison with those of the Mediterranean Ottomans or those experienced by Angola's neighbors in the Belgian Congo, French Equatorial Africa, or the Dutch colonies at the Cape of G
Frontline nationalism in Angola & Mozambique by David Birmingham( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Central Africa to 1870 : Zambezia, Zaïre, and the South Atlantic : chapters from the Cambridge history of Africa by David Birmingham( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Switzerland : a village history by David Birmingham( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the nineteenth century poverty drove many highlanders to emigrate, but politics created the Swiss union government of 1848 whose single currency, unified postal service and integrated army slowly brought improved stability and prosperity. The twentieth century became an era of wealthy foreign tourism punctuated by the austerities imposed by European wars. By the end of the millennium alpine peasants had been socially integrated into a unified Switzerland and at last shared the prosperity which had emanated from the urban bankers and industrialists at the very independent geographical heart of Europe."--Jacket
A Short History of Modern Angola by David Birmingham( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Birmingham begins this short history of Angola in 1820 with the Portuguese attempt to create a third, African, empire after the virtual loss of Asia and America. In the 19th century the most valuable resource extracted from Angola was agricultural labour. The colony was managed by a few marine officers, white political convicts and black Angolans who had adopted Portuguese language and culture. The hub was the harbour city of Luanda which grew to be a dynamic metropolis of several million people. The export of labour was gradually replaced when an agrarian revolution enabled white Portuguese immigrants to drive black Angolan labourers to produce sugar-cane, cotton, maize and above all coffee. During the 20th century this wealth was supplemented by Congo copper, by gem-quality diamonds, and by off-shore oil. The generation of warfare finally ended in 2002 when national reconstruction could begin on Portuguese colonial foundations
L'Europe et l'Afrique de 1914 à 1970 by David Birmingham( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in French and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Central Africa( Book )

7 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Central Africa( Book )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Central Africa to 1870 : Zambezia, Zaïre, and the South Atlantic by David Birmingham( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 1994 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A concise history of Portugal
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バーミンガム, デビッド

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The decolonization of AfricaHistory of Central AfricaKwame Nkrumah : the father of African nationalismPortugal and AfricaTrade and empire in the Atlantic, 1400-1600History of Central Africa : the contemporary years since 1960A history of postcolonial Lusophone AfricaEmpire in Africa : Angola and its neighbors