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"... a perfectly entire but succinct textbook on African politics." —Third international Quarterly

"[W]ritten with an financial system of language and a breadth of information not often present in political technological know-how writings.... Tordoff’s interpretations can be revered via students from different perspectives." —International magazine of African old Studies

The fourth version of presidency and Politics in Africa examines the event of African states following the emergence of pro-democracy events from the past due Nineteen Eighties to the current. This absolutely revised quantity examines a variety of concerns and associations, together with multi-party elections and their democratic and authoritarian results; privatization and the marketplace financial system; corruption, ethnic and extended family competition, and non secular fundamentalism; country cave in and civil warfare; the function of neighborhood and Africa-wide organisations; debt aid, structural adjustment, and poverty relief; the unfold of HIV/AIDS; the position and standing of ladies; and Africa’s marginalization within the international economy.

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A good deal is now known, for example, of the richness of the Egyptian civilisation of the pre-Christian era, of the medieval empires of the Western Sudan - Ghana, Mali and Songhai - and of the forest kingdoms which subsequently emerged in West Africa . Some of these kingdoms extended at the height of their power over a wide area and were underpinned by a centralised bureaucracy. Such was Ashanti, which was founded at the end of the seventeenth century, but about whose internal organisation little was known until Thomas Bowdich and Joseph Dupuis visited Kumasi, the Ashanti capital, in the first quarter of the nineteenth century.

Regional functional organisations, founded primarily for economic purposes, fared better, while the continent-wide Organisation of African Unity (OAU) survived despite its financial and other weaknesses. Many states sought to widen their trading links and diversify their sources of foreign aid away from the former colonial power, often in favour of middle-ranking powers such as Canada and Sweden. Such changes in trade and aid patterns did not of course end the external economic dependency of African states .

European contact with Afr ica - through missionarie s, trr -iers and explorers - long preceded the establishment of European rule. Thus , the Portuguese began to trade to the west coast in the fifteenth century and , in a vain bid to exclude other European seafarers - the Dutch, the Brandenburgers, the Danes, the British and the French established a number of coastal fort s from which they conducted a profitable trade in gold and ivor y and , especially from the seventeenth century, in slaves. They also traded southwards to Angola , which was ravaged by the slave trade, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, sailed up the east coast, where they encountered fierce Arab competition, and so to India.

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