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Birmingham, David

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Works: 57 works in 416 publications in 7 languages and 11,315 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Composer, Contributor
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Most widely held works by David Birmingham
Trade and empire in the Atlantic, 1400-1600 by David Birmingham( )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 2,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Trade and Empire in the Atlantic, 1400-1600 is a book that provides an introduction to early European expansion overseas. It explains why and how western 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. This history of the Atlantic empires is an authoritative introduction to an essential topic in world history."--BOOK JACKET
A concise history of Portugal by David Birmingham( Book )

71 editions published between 1993 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This concise, illustrated history of Portugal offers an introduction to the people and culture of the country, its empire, and its search for economic modernisation, political stability and international partnership. It remains the standard single-volume work on Portugal, studying the effects of the vast wealth mined from Portuguese Brazil, the growth of the wine trade, and the evolution of international ties. The Portuguese Revolution of 1820 to 1851 created a liberal monarchy, but in 1910 the king was overthrown and, by 1926, had been replaced by a dictatorship. In 1975, Portugal withdrew from its African colonies and looked north to become a democratic member of the European Community in 1986. This third edition brings the story up to date, with a new afterword to reflect recent changes in Portugal, Europe, and the wider world
Empire in Africa : Angola and its neighbors by David Birmingham( )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Empire in Africa illuminates how Angola went from colony to independence, how in the 1990s the Cold War legacy turned to civil war, and how peace finally dawned in 2002"--Jacket
The decolonization of Africa by David Birmingham( Book )

27 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and held by 618 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 nonracial democracy was achieved in South Africa, 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
Pre-Colonial African Trade: essays on trade in Central and Eastern Africa before 1900 by Richard Gray( Book )

17 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Central Africa( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in English and held by 556 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 550 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 521 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 )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Portuguese conquest of Angola by David Birmingham( Book )

23 editions published between 1965 and 1975 in English and Portuguese and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Short History of Modern Angola by David Birmingham( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 397 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
History of Central Africa : the contemporary years since 1960 by David Birmingham( Book )

24 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 354 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 )

13 editions published between 1981 and 1994 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete Cambridge History of Africa was intended to present the most comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of historical development on the African continent. Central Africa to 1870: Zambezia, Zaïre and the South Atlantic consists of chapters written for the History by David Birmingham. They were originally published in three separate volumes, and are reprinted here to provide a continuous survey of the political, social, and economic changes that took place in Central Africa during the eight centuries before the colonial era. The first chapter covers the transition from the early Iron Age culture to more mature cultures, characterized by long-distance trade, by more varied technologies and by the emergence of complex political systems. The expansion of European influence, from the late fifteenth century onwards, is considered in the second chapter, together with the modification of economic and political structures in areas affected by the development of the slave trade. The final chapter deals with the last phase of Central Africa's pre-colonial history during which a series of new dynamic forces intruded into the region. A new bibliographical essay of suggestions for further reading has been compiled for this edition. It will be valuable to both students and teachers of African history
Frontline nationalism in Angola & Mozambique by David Birmingham( Book )

20 editions published between 1900 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Switzerland : a village history by David Birmingham( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This history of an alpine village illuminates the history of Switzerland from a rural perspective. It begins with the colonization of the Alps by Romanized Celtic peoples who came up from the plain to clear the wilderness, establish a tiny isolated monastic house and create a cattle economy which became famous for its cheeses. Over ten centuries the village, like the rest of Switzerland, has gone through the traumas of reformation and revolution as the society was transformed from the fief of a Catholic principality to the borough of a Protestant republic
L'Europe et l'Afrique de 1914 à 1970 by David Birmingham( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in French and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Central Africa( Book )

6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Central Africa( Book )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Château-d'Oex : mille ans d'histoire suisse by David Birmingham( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in French and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Trade and empire in the Atlantic, 1400-1600
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A concise history of PortugalEmpire in Africa : Angola and its neighborsThe decolonization of AfricaHistory of Central AfricaKwame Nkrumah : the father of African nationalismPortugal and AfricaHistory of Central Africa : the contemporary years since 1960A history of postcolonial Lusophone Africa
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バーミンガム, デビッド

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