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6.5.13 … Interesting thoughts on Postcolonial Africa …

Postcolonial Africa, Foreign Affairs:  Amazing how little I now about Africa.

The book is at its strongest when addressing the relationship between ethnic identity, nationalism, and the state, a subject on which Young has produced seminal analyses for several decades. With remarkable command of the evidence and a keen grasp of theoretical nuance, Young shows how colonialism and the patterns of modernization it wrought dramatically altered cultural identities and created cleavages between groups, which still shape domestic conflict throughout the region, sometimes with devastating consequences.

via The Postcolonial State in Africa: Fifty Years of Independence, 1960–2010 | Foreign Affairs.


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