A State of Underdevelopment: Sovereignty, Nation-Building and Labor in Liberia 1898–1961*

@article{Whyte2017ASO,
  title={A State of Underdevelopment: Sovereignty, Nation-Building and Labor in Liberia 1898–1961*},
  author={Christopher Whyte},
  journal={International Labor and Working-Class History},
  year={2017},
  volume={92},
  pages={24 - 46}
}
  • Christopher Whyte
  • Published 1 November 2017
  • History
  • International Labor and Working-Class History
Abstract In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, Liberia was in the unusual position of being a colony with no metropole. Without military or financial support, the settlers’ control over their territory remained weak. Surrounding European empires preyed on this weakness, and Americo-Liberian rule was often at risk from coalitions of European forces and indigenous African resistance. From the early twentieth century, the political elite took on the concept of “development” as a central… 

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