Borders in Africa: An Anthology of the Policy History

Isaac Olawale Albert


Title of Book: Borders in Africa: An Anthology of the Policy History

Author: Anthony Asiwaju (Editor)

Place of Publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Publisher: Institute of Peace and Security Studies

Date of Publication: 2015

Pages: 678 + xxvi

Reviewer:    Professor Isaac Olawale Albert, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

This book reinforces Professor Anthony Asiwaju's image as the doyen of comparative Africa border studies. Before this very publication the author had published twelve other books on borders and borderlands in Africa. The most iconic of these earlier works include Asiwaju's Western Yorubaland under European Rule (1977), Partitioned Africans (1984/ 1985) and Boundaries and African Integration (2003). But the publication under review here seems to be the deepest of Asiwaju's works. It brings together 35 cerebral essays on borders and borderland in the pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial Africa.

The work, which is broken into eight well-linked sections, consists of 35 chapters and an epilogue. The first section (chapter 1 to 6) addresses conceptual issues and puts the entire study in global perspectives. The first five essays here, written by Anderson, Martinez, Papademetriou and Meyers, Sahlins and Asiwaju shed light on what constitutes boundaries, frontiers and borders; borderlands and borderlanders; boundaries and territories and provides the contexts for understanding thedynamics of international boundaries and boundaries in Africa.


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