Burkina Faso: Unsteady Statehood In West Africa, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Burkina Faso

Unsteady Statehood In West Africa, 1st Edition

By Pierre Englebert

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Poor even by the standards of West Africa, Burkina Faso has been plagued by political instability since independence from France in 1960. It has suffered five military coups, the last of which cost the life of Thomas Sankara, who had waged war on poverty, corruption and illiteracy. Yet Burkina Faso's growth was surprisingly strong during the 1980s,

Table of Contents

Introduction -- "E Pluribus Unum?" Precolonial and Colonial History -- Political Instability and the Quest for Legitimacy -- The Economy of Growth Amid Poverty -- Society and Culture -- Foreign Relations, or the Limits of Sovereignty -- Conclusion

About the Author

Pierre Englebert

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL053000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / African
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies