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Title:Trade on Local Foodstuffs between the Eastern and the Northern Provinces of Nigeria, 1939-1945: A New Dimension in the Assessment of Colonial Policies in Nigeria
Author:Amadi, Levi O.
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:trade policy
food trade
World War II
Economics and Trade
History and Exploration
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24328589
Abstract:This paper deals with the examination of the nature and assessment of the colonial administration's policies affecting trade relations between the Eastern and the Northern Provinces of Nigeria. The tendency among economic historians has been to examine the colonial economic policies during the war years (1939-1945) as a key to explain the growth of nationalism in the country and as a drive towards an increase in export goods. No serious attempt has been made to examine the nature, success and/or failure of this colonial interference. This paper attempts a shift from the orthodox type of analysis through accentuating the preponderant influence Nigerians had in the country's economic order during the colonial era. This new approach also enables in bringing to light the responsiveness of Nigerians to economic changes under the colonial rule, and also leads to the understanding of the fundamental causes of the failures of governmental intervention in local trade even to the present day. Notes, ref.