African Boundary Conflict: An Empirical Study

  title={African Boundary Conflict: An Empirical Study},
  author={J. Barron Boyd},
  journal={African Studies Review},
  pages={1 - 14}
  • J. Boyd
  • Published 1 December 1979
  • History
  • African Studies Review
Modern African life has been profoundly affected by the brief period of European colonial domination during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While the past is prologue for all states, the ramifications of Africa's colonial past have been felt with particular acuity in the current era due to the speed of Africa's transition from colonial status to that of independence. Many aspects of contemporary Africa reflect the residual effects of colonialism, but few do so with the clarity of the… 
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