Sierra Leone at the End of the Twentieth Century: History, Politics in Africa

Sierra Leone at the End of the Twentieth Century: History, Politics in Africa

by Earl Conteh-Morgan, Mac Dixon-Fyle, Mac Dixon-Fyle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820441724

ISBN-13: 9780820441726

Pub. Date: 11/01/1999

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

Sierra Leone's current predicament can best be understood within a continuum spanning its precolonial to its more contemporary history. This study traces the contradictions of the historical legacy and the excesses of the independent nation-state to unravel the sequences of dependency that culminated almost inevitably in political instability, unprecedented

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Overview

Sierra Leone's current predicament can best be understood within a continuum spanning its precolonial to its more contemporary history. This study traces the contradictions of the historical legacy and the excesses of the independent nation-state to unravel the sequences of dependency that culminated almost inevitably in political instability, unprecedented socio-economic decline, and civil war. The authors draw on a rich texture of historical and political insights reflecting established knowledge, while also plumbing contemporary orature to present a truly holistic perspective of this soft state. Students, scholars, or general readers interested in the dilemmas of developing states will find this essential reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820441726
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Series:
Society and Politics in Africa Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Maps
Introduction1
Ch. 1A Pre-Colonial Overview11
The Mane Invasions14
Some Conclusions on Early Political Structures and Procedure18
The Nineteenth Century Economy20
European Explorers22
The Founding of Freetown24
Ch. 2The Colonial Experience31
The Beginnings of the Krio Diaspora34
Establishing a Protectorate in the Hinterland38
The Aftermath of the Hut Tax War43
An Undiversified Resource-Based Economy46
Ch. 3Decolonization and the Making of the Post-Colonial State53
The Krio on the Political Margins53
The West African Youth League57
Krio Elite Reaction to Constitutional Developments60
The Path to Political Independence63
Further Unrest in the Protectorate65
Political Competition within the SLPP68
Political Culture69
Ch. 4Trends in Politics, Society, and Economy in the Post-Colonial State75
Problems of Legitimacy and Ethnic Diversity75
Power Consolidation and Ethnoregional Identities77
Siaka Stevens Assumes Power79
Economic Trends and Neopatrimonialism83
External Dependence86
Ch. 5Political Stagnation and Economic Decline91
Economic Decline and External Economic Imperatives91
Private Accumulation and Deepening Inequalities94
Specific Aspects of Decline100
Immediate Causes of Decline112
Ch. 6Into the 1990s: Prospects for Reform121
Momoh's Initiatives122
The Spillover of the Liberian Conflict126
The End of APC Rule129
The May 1997 Coup d'Etat and the Consequent Crisis136
Ch. 7Conclusion: Social change, Frustration, and Violence143
Broader Reasons for the Coup, and External Reactions145
The Sierra Leone State150
The Issue of External Dependence154
Select Bibliography161
Index167

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