n African Renaissance - Post-colonial Africa and post-war Japan : convergence and divergence

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Edmond Burke once wrote that it is by imitation, far more than by precept, that we learn everything. With a view to making informed judgment about whether or not Africa should and could imitate Japan, this essay briefly reviews competing theories about Japan's success in modernization and Africa's failure to modernize, contrasts the divergent approaches to economic and political modernization pursued by each, and raises a question about the convergence between the collective cultural identities of the two.

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