The postcolonial state in Africa : fifty years of independence, 1960-2010
- Crawford Young.
- Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- xviii, 468 p. : map ; 23 cm.
- Africa and the diaspora.
- Young, Crawford, 1931-
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Publisher's Summary
- In "The 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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- Publication date
- Africa and the diaspora: history, politics, culture
- 9780299291440 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 0299291448 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 9780299291433 (e-book)
- 029929143X (e-book)
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