The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay by Christopher ClaphamThe Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay by Christopher Clapham

The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay

byChristopher Clapham

Paperback | May 29, 2017

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Why is the Horn such a distinctive part of Africa? This book, by one of the foremost scholars of the region, traces this question through its exceptional history and also probes the wildly divergent fates of the Horn's contemporary nation-states, despite the striking regional particularityinherited from the colonial past. Christopher Clapham explores how the Horn's peculiar topography gave rise to the Ethiopian empire, the sole African state not only to survive European colonialism, but also to participate in a colonial enterprise of its own. Its impact on its neighbours, present-day Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia andSomaliland, created a region very different from that of post-colonial Africa. This dynamic has become all the more distinct since 1991, when Eritrea and Somaliland emerged from the break-up of both Ethiopia and Somalia. Yet this evolution has produced highly varied outcomes in the region's constituent countries, from state collapse (and deeply flawed reconstruction) in Somalia, through militarised isolation in Eritrea, to a still fragile "developmental state" in Ethiopia. The tensions implicit in the process ofstate formation now drive the relationships between the once historically close nations of the Horn.
Christopher Clapham is based at the Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University, and recently retired as editor of The Journal of Modern African Studies. Until December 2002, he was Professor of Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University. He is a specialist in the politics of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, and h...
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Title:The Horn of Africa: State Formation and DecayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:May 29, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190680180

ISBN - 13:9780190680183

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