By Mueni wa Muiu, Guy Martin
This booklet takes a multidisciplinary and long term historic viewpoint to review the evolution of African political platforms and associations. It ranges from Antiquity (Egypt, Kush, and Axum) to the current, with a specific specialise in the destruction of those political platforms and associations via successive exogenous approaches, together with the Atlantic slave alternate, imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism or globalization.
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Third, state formation occurred among highly stratified societies divided among nobles, commoners, merchants, castes, and slaves, with clear social distinctions, precise socio-professional specializations, and marked differences in terms of access to political power and economic wealth. Fourth, these states possessed large armies—first conscripted, then professional— making regular use of iron weapons (from Ghana, onward) and of cavalry. Ghana’s army was 200,000-strong, while Mali’s and Songhay’s was 100,000-strong.
If a son was too young to govern, the queen ruled with the help of other members of the community. Other vassals paid yearly tribute to the king, or in-between his travels to his domains to gather tribute. Between the second and fourth centuries AD, Axum was a feudal empire, with the city of Axum as the state’s capital. By the fourth century, power was exclusively based on military conquest led by the king, by which he expanded his territory and created more vassal states. He also centralized political power by bringing all vassal states and leaders under his direct authority.
Crawford Young provides a detailed analysis of the complex factors that shaped the African state. ”71 Built on European colonial models, these nation-states were naturally illegitimate in the eyes of their subjects. 1057/9780230618312 - A New Paradigm of the African State, Mueni wa Muiu and Guy Martin 18 A New Paradigm of the African State In Disciplining Democracy, Rita Abrahmsen argues that many newly elected governments in Africa face two irreconcilable constituencies: external donors and creditors and their poor domestic majorities.
A New Paradigm of the African State: Fundi wa Afrika by Mueni wa Muiu, Guy Martin