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Dark Age: The Political Odyssey of Emperor Bokassa Paperback – Feb. 22 2002

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"A fascinating historical study that engages the reader from start to finish. Titley sheds light on the nature of personalistic dictatorships in sub-Saharan Africa and on the extent to which France influenced the political evolution of some of its former African colonies. It will become the standard work in English on the subject." Richard Sandbrook, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto ----- "An excellent political biography ... this book is without question the best study of Bokassa to date." International Journal of African Historical Studies ----- "Titley provides an important corrective to what he identifies as superficial, racist dismissals of Bokassa's rule. His examination of the actual nature of Bokassa's rule reveals a more complex picture than the commonly drawn caricature ... Well worth the read." Africa Today ----- "An engrossing story that offers much of value for understanding late twentieth-century international politics." Choice ----- "Titley's painstaking account provides us with a vivacious, yet sound, study of Bokassa's, rule and downfall in the Central African Republic. Providing numerous insights on political leadership in Africa, and on the resilience of ties between ex-colonies and former metropoles, this book stands as the standard work on Bokassa in English, and probably will remain so for years to come." The International History Review ----- "A lively account of a particularly striking episode in contemporary African history." A.S. Kanya-Forstner, Department of History, York University

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Brian Titley is professor emeritus of education at the University of Lethbridge and the author of several books including Dark Age: The Political Odyssey of Emperor Bokassa.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ McGill-Queen's University Press; Reprint edition (Feb. 22 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0773524185
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0773524187
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 422 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 1.78 x 22.86 cm
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I am professor emeritus, the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. My six books explore power and how it has been exercised in different historical contexts. My personal website:

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