The Fallen State: Dissonance, Dictatorship and Death in Somalia

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This book examines the problems of the first thirty years of African independence. Using Somalia as a case study, the author investigates the factors that have led to the present chaos. Somalia suffered the illnesses of other newly independent African states, including experiments in 'democracy' based on the Westminster model and excesses in the parliamentary system. The military government which followed attempted to effect certain reforms encompassing higher literacy rates and greater participation of women in public affairs; but wars, juntas, and droughts have all conspired to defeat the new state. In the wake of economic collapse, regime legitimacy disappeared, and 'ethnic' conflicts ensued. Peace among the warring clans and re-establishment of legitimate authority is still to come.
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Editorial Reviews

Modern African Studies
This thoughtful, informative work presents a well written portrayal of the collapse of the Somalia state during the reign of Siad Barre....belongs in the library of any serious student of the African State.
— John W. Harbeson
African Studies Review
The Fallen State...is a welcome addition to the literature on Somalia.
— Benyamin Neuberger, The Open University of Israel
International Journal Of African Historical Studies
Hashim's book adds to our understanding of the shattered African dreams concerning development and progress.
— Robert Patman
Modern African Studies - John W. Harbeson
This thoughtful, informative work presents a well written portrayal of the collapse of the Somalia state during the reign of Siad Barre....belongs in the library of any serious student of the African State.
African Studies Review - Benyamin Neuberger
The Fallen State...is a welcome addition to the literature on Somalia.
International Journal Of African Historical Studies - Robert Patman
Hashim's book adds to our understanding of the shattered African dreams concerning development and progress.
John W. Johnson
A fantastic and intriguing book...on Somali history of recent years.
Booknews
Assesses the two post-colonial regimes of Somalia, one democratic and one authoritarian, and analyzes Somali society, in an effort to discover to what extent indigenous social structures remained intact in post-colonial Somalia and whether they aided or inhibited governability. Concentrates on the northern nomadic clan families who represented 60-70% of the population as late as 1970, and whose subsistence pastoral society has been challenged by modern times. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761808978
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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