The Cold War and the Question of Sovereignty

The Cold War and the Question of Sovereignty - The Cold War...

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The Cold War and the Question of Sovereignty I. Orientation a. The central question of postcolonial nation-states concerns “sovereignty”: the right and ability to express political authority over a particular region. b. Sovereignty is defined by political leaders and parties in power. c. Sovereignty is defined by people and how they exercise their political rights as citizens. d. Sovereignty is also defined externally by other nation-states, through conflict, and economic dependence. II. Questions a. What does post-colonial independence mean? b. Does independence exist, or are their forms of continued dependency? c. How did the problem of sovereignty lead to despotic leaders and one-party states? III. From Colonies to the “Third World” The politics of independence and sovereignty for postcolonial Africa (Cooper) a. Keywords for understanding the transition from colony to independence i. 3 main terms: citizenship, self-government, economic development 1. Who could vote, how big government would be, raw materials, export, etc. 2. Debated prior to decolonization 3. Debated after as well 4. Nkrumah “Seek ye first the political kingdom” a. First get independence b. Then address questions b. Question of sovereignty: what does “sovereignty” mean in practice? i.
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2011 for the course HIST 130 taught by Professor Lindsay during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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The Cold War and the Question of Sovereignty - The Cold War...

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