Colonialism and Sub-Saharan Identities

  • Nana Poku
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Unlike Europe, where nation-builders aimed to replace the older empires with nations that represented some combination of cultural, linguistic, and patriotic unity, African states are building nations based on new identities defined by the boundaries of their colonial past. Recent studies suggest that this might not be as different from other historical experiences as commonly presumed. Benedict Anderson, for example, provides a convincing account of how most nations of Latin America were built on the administrative divisions left by the Spanish empire. Africa’s colonial past, however, has left a legacy of multiple identities and a crisis of legitimacy for post-colonial governments. Almost everywhere on the continent the remnants of colonialism remain deeply rooted in contemporary events. For the relics of colonialism lie deep in African societies.


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