This volume is the first, comprehensive and balanced historical account of the momentous Nigeria-Biafra war. It offers a multi-perspectival treatment of the conflict that explores issues such as local experiences of victims, the massive relief campaigns by humanitarian NGOs and international organizations like the Red Cross, the actions of foreign powers with interests in the conflict, and the significance of the international public sphere, in which the propaganda and public relations war about the question of genocide was waged.

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chapter 1|41 pages

The Nigeria-Biafra War

Postcolonial Conflict and the Question of Genocide
ByLasse Heerten, A. Dirk Moses

section I|89 pages

Genocide and the Biafran Bid for Self-Determination

chapter 2|25 pages

Irreconcilable Narratives

Biafra, Nigeria and Arguments About Genocide, 1966–1970
ByDouglas Anthony

chapter 3|23 pages

Marketing Genocide

Biafran Propaganda Strategies During the Nigerian Civil War, 1967–1970
ByRoy Doron

chapter 4|18 pages

The Case Against Victor Banjo

Legal Process and the Governance of Biafra
BySamuel Fury Childs Daly

chapter 5|21 pages

The Biafran Secession and the Limits of Self-Determination

ByBrad Simpson

section II|192 pages

A Global Event

chapter 6|19 pages

The UK and ‘Genocide’ in Biafra

ByKaren E. Smith

chapter 7|21 pages

France and the Nigerian Civil War, 1967–1970

ByChristopher Griffin

chapter 8|21 pages

Israel, Nigeria and the Biafra Civil War, 1967–1970

ByZach Levey

chapter 9|19 pages

Strange Bedfellows

An Unlikely Alliance Between the Soviet Union and Nigeria During the Biafran War
ByMaxim Matusevich

chapter 10|22 pages

West German Sympathy for Biafra, 1967–1970

Actors, Perceptions and Motives
ByFlorian Hannig

chapter 11|20 pages

Dealing With ‘Genocide’

The ICRC and the UN During the Nigeria-Biafra War, 1967–1970
ByMarie-Luce Desgrandchamps

chapter 12|19 pages

Humanitarian Encounters

Biafra, NGOs and Imaginings of the Third World in Britain and Ireland, 1967–1970
ByKevin O’Sullivan

chapter 13|23 pages

‘And Starvation Is the Grim Reaper’

The American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive and the Genocide Question During the Nigerian Civil War, 1968–1970
ByBrian McNeil

chapter 14|26 pages

‘Black America Cares’

The Response of African-Americans to Civil War and ‘Genocide’ in Nigeria, 1967–1970
ByJames Farquharson

section III|130 pages

Trauma and Memory

chapter 15|31 pages

Women and the Nigeria-Biafra War

ByGloria Chuku

chapter 16|27 pages

‘Biafra of the Mind’

MASSOB and the Mobilization of History
ByIke Okonta

chapter 17|25 pages

Memory as Social Burden

Collective Remembrance of the Biafran War and Imaginations of Socio-Political Marginalization in Contemporary Nigeria
ByEdlyne Anugwom

chapter 18|23 pages

The Asaba Massacre and the Nigerian Civil War

Reclaiming Hidden History
ByS. Elizabeth Bird, Fraser Ottanelli

chapter 19|22 pages

Imagined Nations and Imaginary Nigeria

Chinua Achebe’s Quest for a Country
ByMpalive-Hangson Msiska