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

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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.
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Traces the contradictions of the historical legacy of Sierra Leone and the excesses of the independent nation-state to unravel the sequences of dependency that culminated in political instability, socio-economic decline, and civil war. Contributors 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. Conteh-Morgan is professor of international studies at the University of South Florida. Dixon-Fyle is professor of history at DePauw University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820441726
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • 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

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Introduction 1
Ch. 1 A Pre-Colonial Overview 11
The Mane Invasions 14
Some Conclusions on Early Political Structures and Procedure 18
The Nineteenth Century Economy 20
European Explorers 22
The Founding of Freetown 24
Ch. 2 The Colonial Experience 31
The Beginnings of the Krio Diaspora 34
Establishing a Protectorate in the Hinterland 38
The Aftermath of the Hut Tax War 43
An Undiversified Resource-Based Economy 46
Ch. 3 Decolonization and the Making of the Post-Colonial State 53
The Krio on the Political Margins 53
The West African Youth League 57
Krio Elite Reaction to Constitutional Developments 60
The Path to Political Independence 63
Further Unrest in the Protectorate 65
Political Competition within the SLPP 68
Political Culture 69
Ch. 4 Trends in Politics, Society, and Economy in the Post-Colonial State 75
Problems of Legitimacy and Ethnic Diversity 75
Power Consolidation and Ethnoregional Identities 77
Siaka Stevens Assumes Power 79
Economic Trends and Neopatrimonialism 83
External Dependence 86
Ch. 5 Political Stagnation and Economic Decline 91
Economic Decline and External Economic Imperatives 91
Private Accumulation and Deepening Inequalities 94
Specific Aspects of Decline 100
Immediate Causes of Decline 112
Ch. 6 Into the 1990s: Prospects for Reform 121
Momoh's Initiatives 122
The Spillover of the Liberian Conflict 126
The End of APC Rule 129
The May 1997 Coup d'Etat and the Consequent Crisis 136
Ch. 7 Conclusion: Social change, Frustration, and Violence 143
Broader Reasons for the Coup, and External Reactions 145
The Sierra Leone State 150
The Issue of External Dependence 154
Select Bibliography 161
Index 167
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