During the post-colonial period, African nations were characterized by the intervention of the armed forces in politics which led to widespread coup d’etat (military takeover of government by force). As Richard Reid (p.329) pointed out ‘By the early 1970s, a remarkable number of African states had succumbed to military rule, and the intervention of the army had become a defining characteristic of African politics.’ Why did this happen? What made post-colonial Africa vulnerable to the military takeover of politics? What were the historical, and post-colonial internal and external conditions that favored military takeover? How were the soldiers accepted when they first took power, and what did they achieve? Comment.(Due Thursday evening)
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