In this impressive work Forrest examines a significant and overlooked aspect of Guinea-Bissau's political evolution: the continuing ability of civil society to evade and thwart state power. The work identifies the social formations that account for civil societal strength and analyses the socially, politically, and militarily significant experiences of rural civil society to account for the social origins of Guinea-Bissau's soft state.
North America: Ohio U Press
Joshua B. Forrest is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont.
Introduction - I THE PRECOLONIAL CONTEXT & THE AFRO-EUROPEAN ENCOUNTER Indigenous polities & intersocietal relations in precolonial Guinea-Bissau - Overview of Portuguese-African political relations & warfare 1446-1890 - African kingdoms at war, changing Fulbe alliances & Portuguese aggression 1840s-1910 II VANQUISHED STATE, TERRORIST STATE The vanquished state: multiethnic resistance & the great siege of Bissau, 1890s-1909 - The terrorist state: conquest through mercenary pillage III THE 'SETTLED' COLONIAL PERIOD Military resistance to state building, 1923-1950 - Sociocultural aspects of a strong rural civil society, 1920-1960 - The colonial state & the informal economic sector IV WAR & THE POSTCOLONIAL STATE Rural civil society's multiethnic mobilization for independence - Postcolonial legacies: weak state, strong civil society - The postcolonial state, economy & renewed war - Conclusions.