What legacies/ideas shaped modern Africa

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  • What legacies/ideas shaped modern Africa?
    • Colonialism is Everything. Crawford Young
      • Because of colonialism "Africa lacks the crucial trait of sovereignty"
      • By Western standard, Africa is economic & pol failure
      • Africa's current failure traceable to colonial rule
        • "Large residues of the African colonial state are everywhere present"
      • Eurocentric judgement of Africa: West as "bula matari" he who crushes rocks
    • Positive agency argument. Illiffe & Ekeh
      • Africans came to manipulate traditions
        • Ranger "Invented Traditions"
          • British reinforced 'false' customs and introduced new traditions
          • Kingship/Monarchical traditions tied Africa to British Monarchy
          • Created a weak "civil society" based on regalia for regalia's sake
        • Invention of tradition as part of Africas history
          • Ranger "Invented Traditions"
            • British reinforced 'false' customs and introduced new traditions
            • Kingship/Monarchical traditions tied Africa to British Monarchy
            • Created a weak "civil society" based on regalia for regalia's sake
      • Illiffe
        • stresses importance of environment as key political factor
      • Ekeh
        • Creation of two oublics - civil & primordial.
          • Individuals negotiated both
            • Creation of unique African politics
        • Colonialism made an impact, but so did the African response to Colonialism
        • Creation of unique African politics
    • Colonialism doesn't change much. Herbst
      • Precolonialism Africa was not a stateless society
      • Africa is not a Weberian state@ Herbst challenges Eurocentric state
      • Sovreignty based on political geography not law.
      • Political control exercised in high pop. desnity e.g Kumasi Ashanti clan
      • Coercion key:guns reinforced centralised power
  • Africa's current failure traceable to colonial rule
    • "Large residues of the African colonial state are everywhere present"
  • Eurocentric judgement of Africa: West as "bula matari" he who crushes rocks
  • Precolonialism Africa was not a stateless society
  • Political control exercised in high pop. desnity e.g Kumasi Ashanti clan
  • Invention of tradition as part of Africas history
    • Illiffe
      • stresses importance of environment as key political factor

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