African post-colonial violence is rooted in pre-colonial history

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African post-colonial violence is rooted in pre-colonial history

Up to the end of the Cold War, 30 of the 32 civil wars were in nations that had pre-colonial states, research reveals

Lucas Nowicki

Pre-colonial politics are to blame for the violence that continues to plague African countries, according to new research.

Nations with a history of pre-colonial political organisation around one ethnic group are far more likely to experience violence in the post-colonial political era, according to a study by political scientist Jack Paine, from Rochester University in New York.

The brutal shutdown of protesters in Sudan and an attempted coup in Ethiopia are two recent examples of civil conflict in Africa...

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