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33 Int'l Conciliation [iii] (1959-1961)
French-Speaking West Africa in Transition

handle is hein.journals/intcon33 and id is 385 raw text is: FRENCH-SPEAKING WEST AFRICA
We deeply regret that because of circumstances beyond our
control publication of the May 1960 issue of International Con-
ciliation has been so long delayed. The material contained in
the present article is, however, despite the date line, as up-to-
date as anything can be on a region that is evolving so fast.
The study deals with the development of political move-
ments, ideas, and institutions among the 25,000,000 inhabitants
of the independent West African states formerly under French
rule. Refreshingly, the colonial experience and the era of de-
colonization are treated as but phases in an historical process.
The authors thus avoid the Europe-centered view so common in
analyses of African politics. As they point out, European rule
has been relatively short-lived in most of West Africa. The
memory of the great African empires has helped to shape the
horizons of the future and the African leaders of today have
been forged by African concepts of African needs. The great
mass parties that have grown up since 1945 have evolved their
own individuality in response to local pressures and conditions.
In their final chapter the authors consider the implications of
the current political movements, ideas, and institutions for the
future development of Africa. What are the forces that foster
separatism? What are the forces that draw the individual states
together in pursuit of common objectives? What is the residual
heritage of France's political, economic, military, and cultural
THOMAS HODGKIN, presently research associate at the In-
stitute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, was for
several years a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He is the
author of Nigerian Perspectives (1960) and Nationalism in
Colonial Africa (1956). RUTH SCHACHTER is Research
Associate at the African Studies Program and Assistant Professor
of Government at Boston University. Sometime Fulbright scholar
in Paris, she prepared her doctoral dissertation at Nuffield Col-
lege, Oxford.
February 1961                                  Editor-in-Chief

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