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By Bruce Berman

Professor Berman argues that the colonial country was once formed through the contradictions among retaining powerful political regulate with restricted coercive strength and making sure the ecocnomic articulation of metropolitan and settler capitalism with African societies. North the United States: Ohio U Press; Kenya: EAEP

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Capitalism, State Formation and Marxist Theory, London: Quartet, 1980; and Phil Corrigan & Derek Sayer, The Great Arch: English State Formation as Cultural Revolution, Oxford: Blackwell, 1985. 19. Kenya is considerably better served in this regard than almost any other country in Africa, as will become apparent from the sources cited in this study. For recent attempts at synthetic and comparative analysis of the colonial state and the varied patterns of capitalist penetration and development in Africa see my 'Structure and process in the bureaucratic states of colonial Africa', Development and Change 15(2), 1984; and Bill Freund, The Making of Contemporary Africa, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

In a real sense, this book is my side of a dialogue which began in his room at Trinity College in October 1969. Much of the stress and very little of the joy of writing a book is shared by the author's family. Recording my gratitude for their support and (mostly) good humour for the many hours and days when my attention was obviously elsewhere is small recompense but sincerely meant. My wife Elaine has always contributed more to my work than she has realized, from the time she was the unpaid research assistant for an impecunious graduate student.

3 The squatters' view of their contradictory role in the history of white settlement is illuminated with bittersweet eloquence. 6 Finally, Cooper has brought African labour Page xiii studies into the orbit of Marxist research on the capitalist labour process with a brilliant analysis of the transformation of Mombasa dock labour that illustrates the beginnings of the change from the exploitation of absolute to relative surplus value, from the formal to the real subsumption of labour, which marked the last years of colonial rule in Kenya and is discussed in the final chapters of this study.

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