By Roland Oliver

ISBN-10: 0299156508

ISBN-13: 9780299156503

Over the final fifty years, Roland Oliver has been either a witness to the post-colonial historical past of Africa and a preeminent student of the continent’s pre-colonial heritage. Oliver used to be a tender Cambridge graduate in 1947 whilst he took a newly created place on the collage of London to investigate, and at last train, the pre-colonial historical past of Africa. looking from the outset to set up a unified perception of African background unfastened from ecu frameworks, Oliver and his colleague John Fage went directly to write the influential A brief background of Africa, stumbled on the Journal of African History, and co-edit the eight-volume Cambridge background of Africa.
     In the nation-states of Gold is Oliver’s account of his existence and paintings. He writes in a deft and vigorous type concerning the conditions of his adolescence that formed his schooling and outlook: his youth on a river houseboat in Kashmir, the influential lecturers and pals met at Stowe and Cambridge, and his carrier in global battle II as a cryptographer in British intelligence, the place he met his first spouse, Caroline Linehan. His curiosity in church heritage whereas at Cambridge led him to check the historic results of Christian missionaries in Africa, and therefore his occupation began.
     The middle of the publication is Oliver’s account of his examine travels all through tropical Africa from the Forties to the Nineteen Eighties; his efforts to coach and foster African graduate scholars to coach in African universities; his position in setting up meetings and journals to compile the paintings of historians and archaeologists from Europe and Africa; his encounters with political and spiritual leaders, students, squaddies, and storytellers; and the political and fiscal upheavals of the continent that he witnessed.

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I learned to play tennis and made some friends that way, but it was still an uphill struggle. That winter passed somehow, and then in the spring of 1932 came the time for boarding school in England. It was a huge shock. The place was in Gloucestershire at one corner of Minchinhampton Common. It was called Beaudesert Park, and it was selected because my mother and one of her sisters had once been at school with the headmaster's daughter. The institution was a good one of its kind-very much a family business, staffed by the proprietor and his wife, two of their unmarried sons, a daughter, her husband, and just two or three hired hands.

1asked whether it would be in uniform. " A quick decision was required, and then and there 1 agreed. 33 Copyrighted Material 4 Most Secret War (1942-45) In July 1942 I received two sets of call-up papers. The first required me to report in two weeks' time to the training centre of the Pioneer Corps at Maryhill Barracks in Glasgow. The second referred me in less peremptory language to a nondescript address in Bedford, which proved to be that of a perfectly ordinary small-town villa in one of the little streets leading down to the River Ouse.

There was Ruth Briggs, the clever daughter of a canon of Worcester; she had recently graduated in modern languages at Cambridge and was probably the best of us at the work we had to do. As time went on we were joined by James Hogarth, a senior principal in the Scottish Office who was dressed for some reason as a sergeant major; Bentley Bridgewater, the secretary of the British Museum and a close friend of Angus Wilson's; and eventually Caroline Linehan, who was to be my wife for thirty-six years.

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