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A Political Theory for Our Time


Edited By Lucio Levi, Giampiero Bordino and Antonio Mosconi

This volume is a collection of essays published between 1999 and 2015 in the review The Federalist Debate. The book highlights the issue of federalism intended as a theoretical paradigm to interpret the major problems of our age, and in particular the issues of peace and war in a world characterized by an uncontrolled globalization.

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Federalism and Decolonization in Black Africa



Jean-Francis BILLON

It is from the thirties that a certain number of black intellectuals raised the problem of the Balkanization of Africa, which, at the end of the Second World War, was aspiring more and more to regain its independence; a number of them evoked the issue of African Unity as a condition for the independence and the future of Africa. Yet, only the future Heads of State Kwame N’Krumah and Julius K. Nyerere and the academic Cheikh Anta Diop really mentioned or raised the question of an African Federal State. It is necessary, here, to point out the differences between English-speaking pan-Africanists (from Africa or the West-Indies) such as N’Krumah, and the French-speaking ones such as Léopold Sédar Senghor or Aimé Césaire; the latter developed the movement of “négritude” stressing the values specific to the black man.

According to our federalist friend, a Senegalese World Citizen, Fall Cheikh Bamba, too early deceased, it was in a great ideological confusion that African leaders fought the anti-colonial struggle. They often wished for unity at the same time as independence, but none of them ever mentioned or supported the necessity of a federalist movement for the whole continent, which had to be specifically African and free from the ideologies of the political classes of Europe, as an indispensable engine and vehicle for African unity. Obviously, the feeble attempts of the 5th Panafrican Congress at Manchester, in November 1945, could not create a...

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