A brief assessment of the relationship between war and nation-building in Africa

29 April, 2014 • Civil Military Theory, Social Sciences 1148

Néstor Cerdá

This essay will look primarily at the African continent in order to show how the phenomenon of war has been a key instrument in African attempts to forge a nation out of each new state. I shall offer a brief exploration of the significance of war in the African modern culture so as to illustrate how the experience of conflict is incorporated into the mythology of each state. The subsequent nation-building in Africa that took place can be divided, this essay argues, into two phases: an initial period in where the sense of being African is created, only to be followed by a second course by which the African sentiment is complicated by attempts to create a nation out of multiple ethnic communities.

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