Africa's First Democrats: Somalia's Aden A. Osman And Abdirazak H. Hussen

Hardcover | September 26, 2016

byAbdi Ismail Samatar

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Abdi Ismail Samatar provides a clear and foundational history of Somalia at the dawn of the country's independence when Africa's first democrats appeared. While many African countries were dominated by authoritarian rulers when they entered the postcolonial era-and scholars have assumed this as a standard feature of political leadership on the continent-Somalia had an authentic democratic leadership. Samatar's political biography of Aden A. Osman and Abdirazak H. Hussen breaks the stereotype of brutal African tyranny. Samatar discusses the framing of democracy in Somalia following the years of control by fascist Italy, the formation of democratic organizations during the political struggle, and the establishment of democratic foundations in the new nation. Even though this early state of affairs did not last, these leaders left behind a strong democratic legacy that may provide a model of good governance for the rest of the continent.

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Abdi Ismail Samatar provides a clear and foundational history of Somalia at the dawn of the country's independence when Africa's first democrats appeared. While many African countries were dominated by authoritarian rulers when they entered the postcolonial era-and scholars have assumed this as a standard feature of political leadershi...

Abdi Ismail Samatar is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota and a research fellow at the University of Pretoria. He is an elected member of the African Academy of Sciences, a former president of the African Studies Association, and a trustee of Mogadishu University....
Format:HardcoverDimensions:308 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 26, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253022223

ISBN - 13:9780253022226

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Table of Contents

Preface & Acknowledgments
List of Selected Dates
1. Leadership in Africa
2. Aden: From an Orphan to a Nationalist Leader
3. Abdirazak: From Camel Boy to Freedom Fighter
4. The Somali Youth League and the Nationalist Project: 1943-1960
5. The First Republic: Institutional Foundations of Democracy 1960-1964
6. The Second Republic: Democratic Trailblazing
7. The March toward Dictatorship: 1967-1974
8. Conclusion
Bibliography
Notes
Index

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"A masterpiece on the short-lived democratic period in Somali history supported by Abdi Ismail Samatar's rigorous scholarship and superb analytical skills." -Mohammed Hassen Ali, Georgia State University