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Title:Plus ça change...? A review of two decades of theoretical analyses of African coups d'état
Author:Charlton, RogerISNI
Periodical:Cultures et développement
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:coups d'état
civil-military relations
literature reviews (form)
Abstract:The rash of coups which swept tropical Africa in the mid-1960's not only provided the direct stimulus to academic endeavour, but also formed the major, indeed virtually exclusive, focus for analyses. The fields of interest to the African military specialist have become progressively more diverse, ranging from precolonial studies, through imperial military activity, to contemporary developments in which analysis of coups is parallelled by investigation of such dimensions as military aid and the arms trade, internal wars, national liberation movements, external aggression and military regimes. Given the very heavy predominance of coup-stimulated and coup-related literature in the 1960's, coups d'état in the 1970's appear to have suffered from relative neglect, as the focus of interest shifted, in particular, towards the operation ration rather than the origin of military movements.In this developmental context this review article seeks both to overview the emerging theoretical explanations of American coups d'état over the past two decades, and also to underline the continuing salience of coup-related research for the understanding of civil-military relations in Africa. Notes.