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Historical Roots of the Crisis in Ivory Coast

By Martin W. Lewis | May 2, 2011 | One Comment
Political Units in West Africa, 1750

The entangled roots of the recent crisis in Ivory Coast extend back to the pre-colonial period. For several hundred years before the imposition of French rule in the late 1800s, the area now known as Ivory Coast contained both relatively centralized, hierarchical kingdoms and decentralized societies organized around kinship lineages. The kingdoms were located in

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