Structural Origins of Revolution in Africa

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This analysis identifies the genesis of the African revolutions in an altered ideological setting within the global polity and civil society after World War II. The revolutionary crises originated in the conflict between white settler colonial states and African nationalists in an era when the issue of national self-determination and racial equality had become politicized on a global scale. Specifically, this work examines eight cases: Kenya, Cameroon, Algeria, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.


"The author demonstrates his creative intellect, and command of a wide array of literature on African politics and revolution. He crafts a complex story that relates the genesis of Africa's anti-colonial revolutions to the opportunity structure in the global political environment just after World War Two. Represents a much-needed reassessment of Africa's anti colonial revolutions, and their balance sheets. It would be a staple in courses on African nationalism and social change." -Edmond J. Keller, University of California, Los Angeles

"Johnson's analysis demonstrates that he is extremely well informed about both the theories on which his framework is based and the cases to which it is applied. He has read very widely in both the theoretical and the case study literatures and supports his arguments with ample and relevant citations to these bodies of literature. This is especially noteworthy since he combines two somewhat conflicting theoretical traditions, while his cases are from North, Southern, East, West and Central Africa, include former colonies of Great Britain, France and Portugal, and are extremely diverse in social structure and political history." - James R. Scarritt, University of Colorado at Boulder

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