What Came First, The Nation or the State? Political Process in the Comoro Islands

@article{Walker2007WhatCF,
  title={What Came First, The Nation or the State? Political Process in the Comoro Islands},
  author={Iain Walker},
  journal={Africa},
  year={2007},
  volume={77},
  pages={582 - 605}
}
Abstract The widespread failure of the post-colonial state in Africa is often attributed to a lack of social and cultural unity, and hence of national identity, in the territories in question. In Europe the state has historically been conceptualized as coterminous with the nation, an apparently ‘natural’ cultural unit that allowed for subsequent political cohesion and the avoidance of ethnic conflict. In Africa the concept (and the reality) of the nation is often absent and this is sometimes… Expand
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