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States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control

Jeffrey Herbst


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. This book places the African state-building process in a truly comparative perspective. Its 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. This revised edition includes a ... More

Keywords: international relations, states, state-building, Africa, power, space, colonialism, policy, state failure, Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691164137
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Herbst, author
Colgate University