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Kirk-Greene, A. H. M. Crisis and Conflict in Nigeria, 2 vols. Ibadan, Nigeria: Oxford University Press, 1971.
Professor Kirk-Greene collected a wide variety of authorless and other documents related to the secession of Biafra and Nigeria’s civil war. It is an excellent repository of sources for the further study of the issues analyzed as part of this section.

Osaghae, Eghosa E. Crippled Giant Nigeria Since Independence. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1998.
This work starts with Nigerian independence and the civil war that followed almost immediately after the events explained in the military government’s message to Nigeria’s embassies around the world. It is an excellent source for “what happened next?” in Nigeria.

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Allen, William Sheridan. The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town, 1922-1945. New York: Franklin Watts, 1984.
Originally published in 1965, this book combines the documents of both the local government and the local Nazi party to present a rare view of the inner workings of Nazism within a community.

Dower, John W. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II. New York: Norton, 1999.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning book makes extensive use of Japanese and U.S. documents to understand the creation of postwar Japan.

Fairbank, John King. The Great Chinese Revolution, 1800-1985. New York: Perennial Library, 1987.
Although this book has no footnotes, the author draws on The Cambridge History of China, a multi-volume work of specialized essays often based on official writings.

Ienaga, Saburo. The Pacific War 1931-1945. New York: Pantheon, 1978.
This work presents the critique of a Japanese author of his nation’s imperial policies with a focus on government actions. Professor Ienaga also conducted a lengthy campaign to have Japanese textbooks reflect the reality of these actions.

Seed, Patricia. American Pentimento: The Invention of Indians and the Pursuit of Riches. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.
Patricia Seed connects differences in the legal systems of England, Spain, and Portugal to the different approaches of each nation to their colonization of the “New World.”

Stewart, John Hall. A Documentary Survey of the French Revolution. New York: Orebtuce-Hall, 1951.
This is an extensive collection of documents produced during the French Revolution (1789-1799) including many that were produced by governments and other “authorless” sources.

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