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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Nationalism and Separatism in East Africa
Author:Grundy, Kenneth W.ISNI
Year:1968
Periodical:Current History (ISSN 0011-3530)
Volume:54
Issue:318
Pages:90-94
Language:English
Geographic terms:Somalia
Sudan
Eritrea
Djibouti
Ethiopia
Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:political unification
nationalism
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
colonialism
Abstract:Two fundamental difficulties face the states of Africa: 1. some communities with a common culture, divided among several political entities, effort to unify a single people or nation into a single state; 2. the multi-national or multi-ethnic state in which minority elements are attempting to secede or to realize their autonomous existence within a larger state. In East-Africa the tendency toward unity can be seen in a series of border wars; the tendency toward atomism is reflected in a number of internal, civil wars for separate status. The two classes of problems together affect the constellation of forces interested in the region. The above is illustrated in the article respectively from the desire of the Muslim Republic of Somalia and the Somali peoples outside the Republic to be united in a single nation-state, and from the separatist movement of the Eritrean Liberation Front and the revolt in the southern Sudan (Azania).
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