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  • 12 Nov 2019
    Ewout Frankema, Anne Booth

    Financing Colonial Rule in Asia and Africa

    No state can do without taxation. States need to pay for bureaucrats, soldiers, policemen, infrastructure, and the more ambitious ones also pay for schools, hospitals and social security programs. Fiscal capacity forms the backbone of the state, and both sovereign and colonial regimes confront the revenue imperative. But how, in the case of colonial rule, […]

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  • 6 Mar 2019
    Mark Hunter

    We focus too much on exams to understand educational inequalities

    On January 3rd this year, South Africa’s Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced to a cheering audience that the national school leaving (‘matric’) pass rate had risen by 3 percent. As in previous years, critics were quick to respond: the celebrations, they said, ignored how large numbers of students dropped out before completing high […]

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  • 4 Jan 2019
    Koen Bostoen, Inge Brinkman

    Africa’s Precolonial History: A Decentered View on the Kongo Kingdom

    The ancient Kongo kingdom in West-Central Africa has attracted much attention. Usually the study of its history starts with the arrival of Portuguese navigators at the end of the fifteenth century in the Africa’s Atlantic Coast region. But what can be said about the kingdom’s origins and early history? From 2012 to 2016, the KongoKing […]

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