By Mueni wa Muiu, Guy Martin
This booklet takes a multidisciplinary and long term historic viewpoint to check the evolution of African political platforms and associations. It ranges from Antiquity (Egypt, Kush, and Axum) to the current, with a specific specialize in the destruction of those political platforms and associations via successive exogenous approaches, together with the Atlantic slave exchange, imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism or globalization.
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Power was based on conquest of other nations, which led to territorial expansion. An Axumite king who governed in the second or third century would first pretend to engage in peace talks, and then conquer its neighbors by force. To commemorate their victories, Axum’s kings had inscriptions written in Greek, Ge’eez, and Sabean (Semitic languages). They also introduced the first African coins, which were inscribed with the kings’ names and the period of their rule. One of the achievements of an Axumite pagan king who ruled in the second or third century was to create a road that linked Axum to Egypt, which resulted in increased trade between the two countries, to the benefit of the latter.
A New Paradigm of the African State: Fundi wa Afrika by Mueni wa Muiu, Guy Martin