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Diplomacy and Nation-Building in Africa - Franco-British relations and Cameroon at the End of Empire

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Informationen zum Autor Melanie Torrent is senior lecturer in British history and civilisation at the Institut Charles V, Universite Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cite. She holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and completed her PhD in English Studies at the Universite Paris-Sorbonne. Klappentext Cameroon stands as a remarkable example of nation-building in the aftermath of European domination. Split between the French and British empires after World War I, it experienced a unique drive for self-determination at the turn of the 1960s, culminating in both independence from European power and the re-unification of two of its divided territories. This book investigates the influence of foreign policy on nation-building in West Africa in the context of both the Cold War and European integration. Shedding fresh light on the challenges of bridging the political, economic and linguistic divide that France and Britain had left, Melanie Torrent explores the evolution of a nation, charting both Cameroon's importance in Franco-British relations and Cameroon's use of bilateral and multilateral diplomacy in asserting its independence. This work should be essential reading for students of African studies, International Relations and the post-colonial world. Zusammenfassung This book investigates the influence of foreign policy on nation-building in West Africa in the context of both the Cold War and European integration. This work should be essential reading for students of African studies, International Relations and the post-colonial world. Inhaltsverzeichnis IntroductionCommonwealth membership at independence: threatening, irrelevant, impossibleChapter 1. Cameroon’s official politics: reunification and diplomatic balanceThe assets and challenges of reunification in CameroonThe national and international politics of bilingualismChapter 2. Cameroon’s diplomatic bias towards the Francophone worldFrancophone identity and Cameroon’s position in AfricaAn undesirable Commonwealth link: perceptions of Britain, Nigeria and GhanaChapter 3. The Southern Cameroons and the Commonwealth: star-crossed partners?Independence within the Commonwealth: a very fleeting offerReunification outside the Commonwealth and international pressureDevelopment politics: the Commonwealth’s continuing presence in CameroonChapter 1. France and Cameroon’s international options for developmentFrance’s heavyweight presence in CameroonTowards the diversification of partnersChapter 2. Imperial preference in West CameroonWest Cameroon and British interestsEurope, the Commonwealth and CameroonChapter 3. The Commonwealth as a valuable partnerThe influence of the Canadian mirrorThe Commonwealth, a champion for African development in times of crisis The Commonwealth’s renewed appeal and the imperative of national unityChapter 1. Cameroon’s continuing Francophone biasThe reality of reunification: from federation to centralisationCameroon’s complex relations with L’Agence de coopération culturelle et technique (ACCT)Chapter 2. The Commonwealth and the necessity of Anglophone diplomacySafeguarding national unity A way into official membership of the FrancophonieChapter 3. The democratic imperative in a multilateral contextThe changing face of Cameroonian politics The national and international instrumentalisation of diplomacyConclusionAppendicesChronology of Cameroon - Commonwealth relationsBibliographyIndex...

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