A New Paradigm of the African State: Fundi wa Afrika by Mueni wa Muiu, Guy Martin

By Mueni wa Muiu, Guy Martin

This booklet takes a multidisciplinary and long term historic standpoint to review the evolution of African political platforms and associations. It ranges from Antiquity (Egypt, Kush, and Axum) to the current, with a selected specialise in the destruction of those political platforms and associations via successive exogenous procedures, together with the Atlantic slave exchange, imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism or globalization.

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4 The first pharaoh (dynasty) ruled in 3000 BCE after Neolithic peasants had settled as agriculturalists. By the Fourth Dynasty, Egypt was a centralized monarchy. It relied on the Nile for agriculture and developed dyke construction to prevent floods. The population increased as a result of bountiful food production. All foreign trade, mining, and quarrying—as well as production and distribution—activities were controlled by the state. Private individuals could engage in commercial activities without any middlemen.

106 Who are the masses that Mbaku constantly refers to? What are their interests? Why would Mbaku believe that overhauling existing constitutional and institutional arrangements would, ipso facto, create the necessary and sufficient conditions for genuine popular development when the same old bankrupt, corrupt and predatory political elite would continue to be in power, and hence be in a position to undermine and subvert such development? Adebayo Olukoshi and Liisa Laakso discuss the reconstitution of the nationstate.

1057/9780230618312 - A New Paradigm of the African State, Mueni wa Muiu and Guy Martin 24 A New Paradigm of the African State writing system made it possible to organize the economy and distribute food, including barley and wheat. It also enabled the state to control floods along the Nile by erecting dykes. Egypt exported clothing, footwear, paper (papyrus), textiles, ropes, and sails. Development was made possible by a good transportation system. These also constituted the foundations of a centralized Egyptian state, ruled by pharaohs who believed in divine rule.

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