Celebrate a new book on French rule in Cameroon by Dr. Martin Atangana
The latest book oublished by a member of the York College community, "The End of French Rule in Cameroon" (University Press of America, Nov. 16), is a study of the decolonialization movement in Cameroon.
Associate Professor Martin Agangana analyzes the reforms introduced by France in Cameroon after World War II, the circumstances surrounding the unsuccessful attempt of the UPC to seize independence by force, and the subsequent eradication of this party by an alliance of Franco-Cameroonian forces.
The book shows the length that the French were prepared to go in order to leave Cameroon in the hands of a government that would be sympathetic to their interests.
The research is based upon documents found in Cameroon, France, and the United States. It will expand the existing limited literature in English on the historiography of Cameroon and will also be useful for those interested in modern and contemporary Africa in general.
Dr. Atangana, who received by Ph.D. in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, also is an accomplished musician who had worked with artists such as Paul Simon, Jean Luc Ponty, Many Dibango, and Ronald Shannon Jackson. He frequently performs with his band “African Blue Note”. His solo albums include "Oyenga Fam" and "Mot Songo." Hear his music at at www.africanbluenote.com.
At the celebration, Dr. Atangana will talk about some of the issues raised in his study. Refreshments will be served. All faculty and students are welcome.