Legitimacy and the State in Twentieth-Century Africa

Essays in Honour of A. H. M. Kirk-Greene

  • Terence Ranger
  • Olufemi Vaughan

Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Terence Ranger, Olufemi Vaughan
      Pages 1-28
  3. Legitimacy and the Colonial State

  4. Legitimacy and the Nationalist Transition

  5. Legitimacy and the Contemporary State

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-284

About this book


This book takes as its theme the ways in which governments legitimate their rule, both to themselves and to their subjects. Its introduction explores legitimacy and pre-colonial states, but the three sections of the book deal with colonial legitimacy, the question of legitimation in the transition from colonialism to majority rule, and the contemporary debate about accountability.


Africa bibliography cold war gender geopolitics government transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Terence Ranger
    • 1
  • Olufemi Vaughan
    • 2
  1. 1.St Antony’s CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.State University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1993
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-12344-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-12342-1
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