African Politics and Society: A Mosaic in Transformation

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9780312219475: African Politics and Society: A Mosaic in Transformation

At a time when new African democracies are replacing authoritarian regimes, new leaders are promoting racial and ethnic tolerance, and a new generation of African scholars worldwide are producing vital research, this book emerges as the most timely and provocative analysis of the nature and evolution of modern Africa available. Concise, accessible, and unified by a single author's voice and vision, the book provides a complete picture of Africa, using its entire past as a source for understanding its nations today.

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Peter J. Schraeder is Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola University.

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This is the first contemporary, comprehensive, and single-authored textbook to scrutinize continuity and change in African politics and society from precolonial times to the present, with particular emphasis on the post-Cold War era. Based on extensive research and travels to Africa that included research meetings, interviews, and discussions with African intellectuals and commoners, the book is divided into six major parts. Each part is then subdivided into chapters that explain African politics and society by exploring the general evolution of rival theoretical perspectives, the historical context, the sociocultural context of current trends, continuity and change in governance, and foreign relations during the contemporary independence era. Easy to comprehend and thoroughly intriguing, Schraeder's (political science, Loyola Univ.) book sheds light on our understanding of the complex social, economic, and political environment of contemporary Africa and is well worth debating. This book lists a wide variety of print and electronic research resources and also includes an appendix with a country-by-country list of 128 introductory volumes, bibliographies, and historical dictionaries. A most valuable contribution to African studies.AEdward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Long Beach
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