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Title:Nation building, ethnicity, and the new imperialism: dilemmas of political development in Liberia
Author:Wilson, H.S.ISNI
Book title:West African culture dynamics: archaeological and historical perspectives
Geographic term:Liberia
Abstract:Concerns the working out of ideas such as indentity, autonomy, and nation building in the changing constraints and opportunities of the adjoining territories of Liberia and Sierra Leone in the early 20th century. The focus is on President Barclay's efforts to modernize Liberia in order to make it conform to contemporary standards of good government and thus ensure its survival. Analyzes further the constrasting fates of the Kru and Grebo peoples on the Liberian coast and the inhabitants of Luawa in the interior. Finally, all these developments are reviewed from the differing perspectives of West Africans and others writing and speaking at the time they occurred and of modern historians and social scientists blessed with hindsight. Map, ref.