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Designing West Africa : Prelude to 21st Century Calamity - P. Schwab

Designing West Africa

Prelude to 21st Century Calamity

By: P. Schwab

Hardcover

Published: 9th July 2004
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Many African countries are now described as "Fourth World nations," ones which essentially have no future. How could this have happened? Through the scope of the 1960s, the first decade of African independence, Peter Schwab presents a compelling and provocative answer to this question. Designing West Africa tells the story of a pivotal decade in African history, when the fate of the continent was decided. Focusing on the six most visible leaders of the period--Sékou Touré, Kwame Nkrumah, and others--Schwab shows how Africa served as a grounds to play out larger international conflicts, namely the Cold War. He does not fall back solely on blaming non-African involvement for the failure to build a viable leadership for the continent; rather, he critiques the African leaders themselves for their individual failings.
Many African countries are now described as "Fourth World nations," ones which essentially have no future. How could this have happened? Through the scope of the 1960s, the first decade of African independence, Peter Schwab presents a compelling and provocative answer to this question. Designing West Africa tells the story of a pivotal decade in African history, when the fate of the continent was decided. Focusing on the six most visible leaders of the period--Sékou Touré, Kwame Nkrumah, and others--Schwab shows how Africa served as a grounds to play out larger international conflicts, namely the Cold War. He does not fall back solely on blaming non-African involvement for the failure to build a viable leadership for the continent; rather, he critiques the African leaders themselves for their individual failings.

Praise for Africa: A Continent Self-Destructs:



"For anyone interested in the reality of Africa, this is the book to read." - Amos Sawyer, President of Liberia, 1990-1994



"Offers brief, invaluable descriptions of several countries circumstances...readers will gain much from this astute analysis." - Publishers Weekly

Introduction: U.S., European, and West African Ideological Designs
The Conservatives
William V.S. Tubman: Liberia's Conservative Designer
F©lix Houphou½t-Boigny: A French Client in the Ivory Coast
Senegal and L©opold S©dar Senghor: Francophile Nation and Poet
Nigeria: The State that Lost its Future
The Radicals
Kwame Nkrumah: Ghana's Nationalist Icon
S©kou Tour©: Guinea's Fidel Castro, and His Connection to the Political Thought of Mali's Modibo Keita
Conclusion: The Appalling Aftermath
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ISBN: 9781403965493
ISBN-10: 1403965498
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 177
Published: 9th July 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1