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Title:The Nineteenth Century Partition of Kissiland and the Contemporary Possibilities for Reunification
Author:Bah, M. Alpha
Year:1987
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Volume:12
Issue:1
Pages:38-55
Language:English
Geographic terms:Sierra Leone
Guinea
Liberia
Subjects:Kissi
boundaries
colonialism
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The Kissi are located today on the eastern edge of Sierra Leone, the northwestern border of Liberia, and the southwestern tip of Guinea. This paper traces the emergence, in the nineteenth century, of a Kissi polity, and examines the partition of Kissiland and the imposition of colonial rule on the Kissi by the British and the French on the one hand and by the Republic of Liberia on the other. Attention is paid to Kissi resistance to conquest, alien domination, and the creation of an artificial boundary through Kissiland. Finally, the problem of modern national boundaries arbitrarily dividing ethnic groups, and the traditional ethnic frontiers which existed prior to the imposition of colonial rule are examined. The concept of regional cooperation is advanced as one major solution to the conflict of modern State and ethnic borders. Notes, ref.
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