Political Violence in Africa

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Abstract Africa remains a political exception in many ways: It is still viewed by many political observers and political leaders in other parts of the world as essentially if never explicitly referred to as such inhabited by savages. Even the fact that Africa is so often referred to in a monolithic or at least near-monolithic sense reflects a mindset that might most accurately be called colonial is a part of the way in which African political and social activity are assessed internationally, an assessment that has economic as well as political repercussions for the scores of nations into which Africa is divided. Africa remains, at least for now and for the generations alive now, in the eyes of both its own people and those who observe it from abroad, essentially colonized. This thesis examines one of the most important present issues in a number of African nations today, which is that of the political violence that has devastated so many African nations, sweeping away both armies and civilians as well as numbering among its casualties often fledging democratic institutions and governments, transparent economic institutions and practices, and (and this factor is of no small importance) a sense of progress and optimism that have in many nations marked the immediate post-colonial years. Political violence in Africa stains the entire fabric of public and private life. African nations, as they achieved freedom from the colonial system, could claim a sense of control over
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