Designing West Africa: Prelude to 21st Century Calamity by Peter Schwab

By Peter Schwab

Many African international locations at the moment are defined as 'fourth international nations', ones which basically don't have any destiny. How may perhaps this have occurred? during the scope of the 1960's, the 1st decade of African independence, Peter Schwab provides a compelling and provocative solution to this query. Designing West Africa tells the tale of a pivotal decade in African heritage, while the destiny of the continent used to be determined. concentrating on the six such a lot obvious leaders of the interval - portray particular pictures of them either as leaders and as humans - Schwab appears at how Africa served as a flooring to play out better overseas conflicts, specifically the chilly battle. He doesn't fall again on blaming non-African involvement for the failure to construct a visual management for the continent; fairly he evaluations the African leaders themselves for his or her person failings.

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