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Middle East 1/28/08 Question on Fish reading rather than the Berman reading for midterm (not discussing in class) Easier for us Why Weak States? Two main problems facing African leaders - low population density - difficult terrain Hard to collect taxes Cant build infrastructure Bottom Line: Difficult and costly for leaders to project power Not all African states are alike Differences in geography Unfavorable geography - large size, non-contiguous population - hard to project power Favorable geography - Small size, concentrated population - Easier to project power Notice what is not emphasized Cultural Practices Unique Psychology Ethnic Divisions Colonial Heritage Pre-colonial Era Political structures not based in territorial control Shared/overlapping sovereignty no real structure of kingdoms and wars aren’t fought to take over territory but to acquire other things and bring it back Migration common Wars fought over people and resources, not land
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