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Postcolonial State in Africa Fifty Years of Independence, 1960-2010

ISBN-10: 0299291448
ISBN-13: 9780299291440
Edition: 2012
Authors: Crawford Young
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Description: InThe Postcolonial State in Africa, Crawford Young offers an informed and authoritative comparative overview of fifty years of African independence, drawing on his decades of research and first-hand experience on the African continent.    Young  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892

InThe Postcolonial State in Africa, Crawford Young offers an informed and authoritative comparative overview of fifty years of African independence, drawing on his decades of research and first-hand experience on the African continent.    Young identifies three cycles of hope and disappointment common to many of the African states (including those in North Africa) over the last half-century: initial euphoria at independence in the 1960s followed by disillusionment with a lapse into single-party autocracies and military rule; a period of renewed confidence, radicalization, and ambitious state expansion in the 1970s preceding state crisis and even failure in the disastrous 1980s; and a phase of reborn optimism during the continental wave of democratization beginning around 1990. He explores in depth the many African civil wars—especially those since 1990—and three key tracks of identity, Africanism, territorial nationalism, and ethnicity.    Only more recently, Young argues, have the paths of the fifty-three African states begun to diverge more dramatically, with some leading to liberalization and others to political, social, and economic collapse—outcomes impossible to predict at the outset of independence.

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Preface
Glossary and Acronyms
Setting the Frame
A Half Century of African Independence: Three Cycles of Hope and Disappointment
In Search of the African State
Itineraries: Three Cycles of Hope and Disappointment
Decolonization, the Independence Settlement, and Colonial Legacy
The Road to Autocracy: Breakdown of the Decolonization Settlements
Anatomy of State Crisis
Democratization and Its Limits
Themes and Conclusions
Morphology of Violent Civil Conflict
Africanism, Nationalism, and Ethnicity: The Ambiguous Triple Helix of Identity
The African Postcolonial State: Concluding Reflections
Notes
Index

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