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Unformatted text preview: GVPT 484 October 5 th , 2010 The M ilitary in African Politics: An inquiry into the logic and nature of military incursion into African politics Significance of the Military ❷ The military is an integral component of state formation in Africa ❷ I t’s primary function is the defense of the territorial integrity of the newly sovereign state ❷ Consequently, the military was expected to metamorphose into a nationalistic and non-partisan force with it’s loyalty first and foremost to the state The Context ❷ African independence was achieved amid Euphoria and an atmosphere of great expectations ❷ As the flags of the new states replaces those of Great Britain, France, Belgium, etc, African leaders promised to remake the continent and the world ❷ Even non-Africans saw the resource rich continent as being on the verge of a developmental take-off The Disillusionment as the Basis for Military Intervention ❷ The Political Basis of Disillusionment o Why were Africans disillusioned with the way politics were...
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2011 for the course GVPT 484 taught by Professor Dr.thiam during the Fall '10 term at Maryland.
- Fall '10