December 14, 2013
Don't Blame Colonialism for African Failures
JL Amselle, Worldcrunch
The Associated Press
Originally published in Le Monde.
PARIS - The recent French interventions in North Africa (Libya, Mali), and the one that began last week in the Central African Republic, raise the question of the very existence of the state on the continent.
Even though anthropologists identified the existence in precolonial times of two types of societies - state societies represented by kingdoms and empires, and segmentary lineage society, organized in tribes - it is clear that the former's characteristics are very different from that of the rational bureaucratic state, which one can observe nowadays in most developed countries.
The great Sudanese empires of the Middle Ages (Ghana, Mali, Songhai) or those that developed from the 18th century onwards - like the Fula empire of...
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