One of the most important things in the book is the description of the so-called gate-keeper state, how it is created, what maintains it and what eventually leads to its ruin.
It shows that it is primarily University textbook material. But he offers enough case studies of each incident to give a convincing argument for the gatekeeper state versus other theories of the African state such as Africa since 1940.
However, they could not be much more different in their way of storytelling and amount of detail. The shortness is not a weakness because the book maintains the same level of detail throughout without omitting any major details, events or countries. The shortness is not a weakness because the b I am currently, right after having read this book, reading the book The State of Africa by Frederic Cooper.
The book is quite hard to read for a non-native English speaker.
This book, Africa Sinceis a relatively short description of several decades of events that have shaped Africa. As a comparison, The State of Africa talks about the same things but its way of writing is less academic, focusing on what is probably more interesting to the masses like many pages long descriptions of individuals, wars and other events etc.
Acemonglu argues that those states that saw high settler mortality during colonization had poor institutions developed. On pageCooper sums this up as, "The common thread here is not just "ethnicity," for that is a label that glosses many different phenomena and processes, but a form of politics that makes an all-or-nothing struggle for inclusion or exclusion to access to state resources conceivable.
It is an interesting read after all. Anyone interested in the workings of African states and the failure of them to create modern nation-states, whether you agree with him or not, should read this book.
The sentences are often long and filled with difficult words too. In a way, the writer tries to go behind the scenes of the events like mass strikes, wars, coups etc. Indeed Cooper is probably a good jumping off point that helps put the scholarship of Acemonglu and Gerard Padro i Miguel in a framework.
Decolonization > Africa > History > 20th century. Africa > Politics and government > Africa > Politics and government > Africa > Colonial influence.
Africa >. The first volume to be published was Africa Since The Past of the Present, by Frederick Cooper. The author is a recognized authority on the history of Africa.
After completing the doctorate at Yale, Cooper taught at /5(17). Africa Since The Past Of The Present by Frederick Cooper This text will help students understand the historical process out of that Africas current position in the world has emerged.
Africa since The past of the present (Book) Frederick Coopers latest book on the history of. The first volume to be published was Africa Since The Past of the Present, by Frederick Cooper. The author is a recognized authority on the history of Africa. After completing the doctorate at Yale, Cooper taught at .Download