Long-term transformations in recent African history: Niger in the 1970s and 1980s

In 1974 a military coup d’état put an end to the one-party rule that characterized governance in Niger from the late 1950s onwards and that had assured a considerable degree of French control both politically and economically. The takeover by Seyni Kountché in 1974 heralded a fundamental change in this situation and led to decreased French influence and a changed relationship between the state and Niger’s former colonial overlord. At the same time, the fundamentals of the country’s political economy began changing as dependence on commercial cash crops made way for the growing significance of mineral resources that, while not ending the importance of the relationship with the former metropole, altered its character. Exactly what this entailed, both in terms of Niger’s foreign relations and its internal political configurations, is the subject of this research. Archival research will be carried out in Niger and France and fieldwork will also be done in Niger.

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Research project
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2012 to 2016



rethinking historical periodisation ; transforming political economy ; military ; changing relation with former metropole