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A Socialist Peace?Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country$
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Mike McGovern

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226453576

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226453743.001.0001

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“Those Who Eat Monkey Will Never Rule over Us”

“Those Who Eat Monkey Will Never Rule over Us”

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A Socialist Peace?

Mike McGovern

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reveals a history of Guinea extending all the way back to the initial colonization of the country by the French in the nineteenth century. The chapter focuses especially on Guinea’s socialist period following its independence from France. It follows the rise to power of Sékou Touré and his coercive policies. At the same time, it follows the social and cultural changes taking place in Guinea throughout the same period. More importantly, the author looks at the struggle for succession following Touré’s death and rising resentment against Forestiers during Prime Minister Lansana Beavogui’s presidential run. The chapter’s title, “Those who eat monkey will never rule over us!,” was a common derision against Beavogui because of his Forestier heritage.

Keywords:   colonialism, independence, coercion, succession, Forestiers, Lansana Beavogui

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