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Title:Africa's Search for Nationhood and Stability
Author:Legum, Colin
Year:1985
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:Special Jubilee Edition
Period:October
Pages:21-45
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:political conditions
foreign policy
nation
1960-1969
1970-1979
1980-1989
nationalism
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Verdicts on the experience of sub-Saharan African States after twenty-five years of independence vary widely, but the overwhelming majority view is that 'Africa is a disaster'. The central issues which faced Africa at its independence - its fragmented state, its economic dependence on foreign powers, the threats of neocolonial forces, insecure boundaries, economic underdevelopment - still remain after two and a half decades. This article reviews the political environment in sub-Saharan Africa at the time of independence, with its priority of nation-building, as well as postindependence political developments such as the emergence of the single-party State and military regimes, institutional reforms, border problems, foreign intervention in Africa as a destabilizing factor, and the causes of Africa's economic crisis. Notes, ref.
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