The New Nations of West Africa

The New Nations of West Africa

The New Nations of West Africa

The New Nations of West Africa

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The United States has never had a positive, dynamic policy for Africa. Until very recently, we have looked to the continuing control by friendly European powers as a guarantee of stability and dependable cooperation and have been reluctant to acknowledge the principle of self-government as fully applicable to its peoples. Yet in 1960 we shall be dealing with nine to ten fully independent states in sub-Saharan Africa alone, and a decade later with more than twice that number.

The recognition of the validity of this statement has led to a considerable development of interest in Africa in the last few years. It has also resulted in a multitude of articles whose typical titles would be Emerging Africa, Awakening Africa, Africa Out of Her Shell. In this book, an attempt is made to get below the surface, to probe the differences and similarities of the various countries discussed, to point out that Africa's problems are uniquely her own and not merely an extension of America's; and that they cannot therefore be solved by merely transferring American policies and ideas.

The scope of the book is described by its title, THE NEW NATIONS OF WEST AFRICA. Geographically, we are concerned with over twenty lands. Some of them are independent already; one of them, Liberia, has been independent for over a century. At least four additional countries in this part of Africa, the French Cameroons, French Togoland, the Belgian Congo, and Nigeria will attain independence in 1960, while some of the territories that were previously controlled by the French are also expected to achieve independence in the same year--although some form of association with France may well continue.

It is probably impossible to gain an adequate impression of the variety of these territories without a list of their size, population, and population densities. Such a list is given on . . .

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