Land boundary conflict in Africa. The Case of former British Colonial Bamenda, Present Day Northwest Province of the Republic of Cameroon, 1916-1996

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This work analyzes every aspect of the land and boundary dispute, tracing the conflict from pre-colonial times to the period of decolonization. The manuscript’s interdisciplinary approach combines elements of political science, anthropology and economics.


“. . . breaks new ground in our understanding of the root causes of land and boundary conflicts in Africa, as well as the transatlantic connections between Britain and Cameroon in the context [these conflicts].” – Prof. Alusine Jalloh, University of Texas at Arlington

“Here is a fine study on an important subject. The data base is rich, the empirical presentation is detailed, the analyses are cogent, and the conclusions are respectable.” - Prof. Toyin Falola, University of Texas at Austin

“This book will prove to be an important contribution to the literature on African conflict . . . Mbah transcends the traditional tendency to blame African problems on external factors.” – Prof. Osita G. Afoaku, Indiana University, Bloomington

“The meticulous examination of the conflicts on rural land in the Bamenda region of Cameroon, with specific case studies, gives this book its uniqueness.” – Prof. Julius Adekunle, Monmouth University

Table of Contents

Foreword by Prof. Alusine Jalloh
1. Land/Boundary Conflict in Africa
2. Ethno-Tribalism and Rural Land
3. Colonial Administrative Policies and Disruptive Rural Boundaries
4. Economics and Rural Land Conflict
5. British Solutions to Land/Boundary Conflict in Bamenda
6. Rural Land Conflict in Post-Colonial Africa
7. Assessing the Cost of Rural Land/Boundary Conflict in Bamenda
8. Conclusion: Suggestions and Recommendations

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