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The Asaba Massacre
Trauma, Memory, and the Nigerian Civil War

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  • Date Published: July 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316506165

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  • In October 1967, early in the Nigerian Civil War, government troops entered Asaba in pursuit of the retreating Biafran army, slaughtering thousands of civilians and leaving the town in ruins. News of the atrocity was suppressed by the Nigerian government, with the complicity of Britain, and its significance in the subsequent progress of that conflict was misunderstood. Drawing on archival sources on both sides of the Atlantic and interviews with survivors of the killing, pillaging and rape, as well as with high-ranking Nigerian military and political leaders, S. Elizabeth Bird and Fraser M. Ottanelli offer an interdisciplinary reconstruction of the history of the Asaba Massacre, redefining it as a pivotal point in the history of the war. Through this, they also explore the long afterlife of trauma, the reconstruction of memory and how it intersects with justice, and the task of reconciliation in a nation where a legacy of ethnic suspicion continues to reverberate.

    • Provides a new interpretation of the development and history of the Nigerian Civil War, focusing on the lived experiences of survivors, for those interested in Nigeria's first major post-colonial conflict
    • Offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of trauma, memory and war, producing a robust and comprehensive study of the massacre for those from multiple backgrounds and disciplines
    • Describes and analyzes the long-term impact of the massacre on survivors, for readers interested in memory construction as social justice and the lasting effects of injustice
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    • Winner, 2018 OHA Book Award, Oral History Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316506165
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of maps
    1. The road to war and massacre
    2. What happened at Asaba
    3. Causes and consequences
    4. Surviving the occupation
    5. Reclaiming memory in an age of new media
    6. Trauma, identity, memorialization, and justice
    Sources consulted.

  • Authors

    S. Elizabeth Bird, University of South Florida
    S. Elizabeth Bird is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. She has published over eighty articles and chapters on popular culture, media, heritage, and memory, as well as five books, one of which won an Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, while another was awarded the International Communication Association's Outstanding Book Award.

    Fraser M. Ottanelli, University of South Florida
    Fraser M. Ottanelli is Professor of History at the University of South Florida. He has authored and co-authored four books and several articles and essays on radical movements, ethnic history and comparative migration in the twentieth century. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights.


    • Winner, 2018 OHA Book Award, Oral History Association

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