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Africa South of the Sahara

The main political and economic developments in each of the 53 countries and territories of the region are comprehensively narrated and examined in the fully revised online edition of Africa South of the Sahara (the 48th in print). Readers’ perspectives are further expanded by the General Survey, a collection of introductory essays providing in-depth analysis of current economic trends, an assessment of aid and development initiatives over the past 100 years, an insight into the phenomenon of failed states and the repercussions of, and responses to, state failure in sub-Saharan Africa, an examination of the People’s Republic of China’s increasing political and economic ties with the African continent, details of the burgeoning relationship between Brazil and Africa, and a discussion of France’s ongoing involvement in Africa. General Survey Economic Trends in Africa South of the Sahara State Failure in Africa: Causes, Consequences and Responses A Century of Development: Policy and Process in Sub-Saharan Africa Beyond Françafrique—the State of Relations Between France and Africa A Year of Problems for China in Africa Brazil’s Declining Engagement with Africa European Colonial Rule in Africa Read more 

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WHO WAS BEHIND AFRICA’S FIRST COUP?

Why You Should Care: Because French meddling in African affairs has left a lasting, debilitating legacy. “The night may be long but the day comes. And that big day, so much desired, now has arrived …” Sylvanus Olympio, the first president of the independent Republic of Togo, was a gifted orator. This was clearly on display when he led the Togolese in the celebration of their independence in April 1960. He gave a fiery speech with ringing phrases like “masters of our destiny.” Some people did not like his rhetoric, or him, at all. And 33 months later, they struck. OLYMPIO WAS NEVER OUR FRIEND. JACQUES FOCCART, FORMER ADVISER ON AFRICAN POLICY TO THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT The Atlantic Ocean sends its waves crashing onto the beach of the Togolese capital, Lomé, just as it did on the night of Jan. 13, 1963, when President Olympio was either sleeping or working on a speech he was going to deliver to his counterpart in Liberia, William Tubman. His house was separated from the beach only by a single road. Versions of this story differ on details. But the main lines are clear. Olympio, either sleeping or working, is disturbed, shortly after midnight, by a noise […]

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