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States and power in Africa : comparative lessons in authority and control, Jeffrey Herbst

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States and power in Africa : comparative lessons in authority and control
Title
States and power in Africa
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comparative lessons in authority and control
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Jeffrey Herbst
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eng
Summary
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 period, through the short but intense interlude of European colonialism, to the modern era of independent states. Herbst's bold contention--that the conditions now facing African state-builders existed long before European penetration of the continent--is sure to provoke controversy, for it runs counter to the prevailing assumption that colonialism changed everything. In identifying how the African state-building process differs from the European experience, Herbst addresses the fundamental problem confronting African leaders: how to extend authority over sparsely settled lands. Indeed, efforts to exert control over vast, inhospitable territories of low population density and varied environmental and geographical zones have resulted in devastating wars, millions of refugees, and dysfunctional governments perpetrating destructive policies. Detailing the precise political calculations of distinct African leaders, Herbst isolates the basic dynamics of African state development. In analyzing how these leaders have attempted to consolidate power, he is able to evaluate a variety of policy alternatives for dealing with the fundamental political challenges facing African states today.--
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Herbst, Jeffrey Ira
Dewey number
303.3096
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Princeton studies in international history and politics
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  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Africa
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States and power in Africa : comparative lessons in authority and control, Jeffrey Herbst
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Note
Originally published: ©2000. With new preface and revised chapter nine by the author
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
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  • txt
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  • cri
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  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
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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 of the African realm -- The politics of migration and citizenship -- The past and the future of state power in Africa, revised for the new paperback edition
Control code
FIEb17649687
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
New edition, New paperback edition.
Extent
xxx, 280 pages
Isbn
9780691164137
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)877364829
Label
States and power in Africa : comparative lessons in authority and control, Jeffrey Herbst
Publication
Note
Originally published: ©2000. With new preface and revised chapter nine by the author
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
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 of the African realm -- The politics of migration and citizenship -- The past and the future of state power in Africa, revised for the new paperback edition
Control code
FIEb17649687
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
New edition, New paperback edition.
Extent
xxx, 280 pages
Isbn
9780691164137
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)877364829

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