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States and power in Africa : comparative lessons in authority and control

Author: Jeffrey Ira Herbst
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
Series: Princeton studies in international history and politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Theories of international relations, assumed to be universally applicable, have failed to explain the creation of states in Africa. There, the interaction of power and space is dramatically different from what occurred in Europe. In his groundbreaking book, Jeffrey Herbst places the African state-building process in a truly comparative perspective, examining the problem of state consolidation from the precolonial  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Ira Herbst
ISBN: 0691010277 9780691010274 0691010285 9780691010281
OCLC Number: 41981975
Description: x, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The challenge of state-building in Africa --
Power and space in precolonial Africa --
The Europeans and the African problem --
The political kingdom in independent Africa --
National design and the broadcasting of power --
Chiefs, states, and the land --
The coin and the African realm --
The politics of migration and citizenship --
The past and the future of state power in Africa.
Series Title: Princeton studies in international history and politics.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Herbst.
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This text places the African state-building process in a truly comparative perspective, examining the problem of state consolidation from the precolonial period, through the short but intense  Read more...

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This ambitious and original book turns a comparative historical lens on state-building in Africa... A brave effort to rethink some outdated approaches to fundamental problems. Foreign Affairs

 
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