A Nation on Paper: Making a State in the Republic of Biafra

@article{Daly2020ANO,
  title={A Nation on Paper: Making a State in the Republic of Biafra},
  author={S. Daly},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  year={2020},
  volume={62},
  pages={868 - 894}
}
  • S. Daly
  • Published 2020
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
Abstract What role did law play in articulating sovereignty and citizenship in postcolonial Africa? Using legal records from the secessionist Republic of Biafra, this article analyzes the relationship between law and national identity in an extreme context—that of the Nigerian Civil War (1967–1970). Ideas about order, discipline, and legal process were at the heart of Biafra's sense of itself as a nation, and they served as the rhetorical justification for its secession from Nigeria. But they… Expand

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