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"Herbst's arguments will excite controversy among students of African history and politics, who have built up an extensive story about European transformations of African politics. His analysis raises doubts about how deeply those transformations went; rather, he maintains that durable conditions of topography and social structure have long constrained African state formation. Herbst offers an integrated account of state formation, transformation, and deformation in sub-Saharan Africa."--Charles Tilly, Columbia University, author of Durable Inquality --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Believe it or not, I must be the first Chinese student who majoring in political science, buy this BOOK........ Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alex Huang
The ideas in the book are really insightful and help you think about things from a different angle, but the writing does get a bit dry and it is hard to get through. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MS0123
This book is highly recommended for any keen student of African politics especially the question on why the African state is experiencing challenges in relation to it's projection... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Herbst provides a valuable contribution to political science in forcing the field to consider precolonial history as a determinant of state power. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Enjolras
The book is well-researched and compelling, presenting a myriad of interlinking causal factors that makes the European-style nation-state unworkable in Africa. Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by J. S. Dodds
In States and Power in Africa, Jeffrey Herbst frequently uses the term "international system." An instinctive reading of the term may lead to the idea of "international community"... Read morePublished on May 17, 2006 by Yibing Wu
As a citizen from one of the countries in Africa, I found this book most overbearing. I confess I started to get prejudiced from the inception, when Herbst describes his arrival in... Read morePublished on February 21, 2004 by A. Idrissa
Drawing heavily upon the work of Charles Tilly, the most attrctive aspect of Herbst's work is the eloquence of his thesis: the application of theories of european state formation... Read morePublished on March 2, 2003