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By Abou B. Bamba

“What is cutting edge within the book’s standpoint … is its emphasis at the penetration, within the postwar years, of yank principles and improvement methods, making a competitor with France for the keep an eye on of the country.” —Journal of ecu monetary History

 

Throughout the Nineteen Sixties and 70s, Ivory Coast was once touted as an African miracle, a poster baby for modernization and the ways in which western reduction and multinational businesses might boost the continent. while, Marxist scholars—most significantly Samir Amin—described the capitalist job in Ivory Coast as empty, unsustainable, and incapable of bringing genuine switch to the lives of normal humans. to some degree, Amin’s criticisms have been proven while, within the Eighties, the Ivorian economic climate collapsed.

In African Miracle, African Mirage, Abou Bamba contains economics, political technological know-how, and heritage to craft a daring, transnational examine of the advance practices and intersecting colonial cultures that proceed to form Ivory Coast this day. He considers French, American, and Ivorian improvement discourses in reading the jobs of hydroelectric tasks and the sugar, espresso, and cocoa industries within the country’s increase and bust. In so doing, he brings the organisation of Ivorians themselves to the fore in a fashion hardly obvious in histories of improvement. eventually, he concludes that the “maldevelopment” obvious by way of the mid-1970s had much less to do with the Ivory Coast’s “insufficiently glossy” voters than it needed to do with the conflicting missions of French and American pursuits in the context of an ever-globalizing world.

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