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Birmingham, David

Overview
Works: 62 works in 399 publications in 7 languages and 11,169 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Composer, Contributor
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Most widely held works by David Birmingham
A concise history of Portugal by David Birmingham( Book )

60 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,523 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
The decolonization of Africa by David Birmingham( Book )

26 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and held by 558 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
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 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Central Africa( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1990 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 518 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 )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Portuguese and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The late-medieval Portuguese who arrived in Africa were colonizers in the roman style, gold merchants on an imperial scale, conquistadores in the Hispanic tradition. Although their empire struggled to survive centuries of Dutch and English competition, it revived in the twentieth century on a tide of white migration. Settlers, however, brought racial conflict as well as economic modernisation and the Portuguese colonies went through spasms of violence which resembled those of Algeria and South Africa. Liberation eventually came but the peoples of the old colonial cities clung tightly to their acquired traditions, eating Portuguese dishes, writing Portuguese poetry and studying in Portuguese universities
The Portuguese conquest of Angola by David Birmingham( Book )

24 editions published between 1965 and 1975 in English and Portuguese and held by 426 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 419 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 history of postcolonial Lusophone Africa by Patrick Chabal( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Central Africa : the contemporary years since 1960( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and held by 345 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 337 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."--BOOK JACKET
Frontline nationalism in Angola & Mozambique by David Birmingham( Book )

19 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 )

12 editions published between 1981 and 1994 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

12 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 296 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
Switzerland : a village history by David Birmingham( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 256 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
L'Europe et l'Afrique de 1914 à 1970 by David Birmingham( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in French and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Central Africa( Book )

6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Central Africa( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Central Africa by David Birmingham( Book )

6 editions published between 1978 and 1986 in English and held by 18 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, 1400-1600A history of postcolonial Lusophone AfricaHistory of Central Africa : the contemporary years since 1960Empire in Africa : Angola and its neighbors