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Author Robinson, Ashton, author.

Title René and postcolonial Seychelles an african chameleon in the indian ocean
Published [S.l.] : ROUTLEDGE, 2022
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Description 1 online resource
Series African studies
Summary "Robinson details the life and times of France-Albert René (1935-2019), the second post-independence leader of Seychelles who oversaw the nation's transition to democracy after over a decade of his brutal dictatorship. René's career was Seychelles' history over the forty-three years from independence in 1976 until his peaceful death. Having presented himself as a socialist during the Cold War, he transitioned to build Africa's most successful relationship with international lenders including the IMF and developed Seychelles as a major offshore tax haven. He also sustained and cultivated Seychelles' position as a Western tourism-based economy. Robinson outlines not only René's use of political violence and extrajudicial killing, but also his unique relationship with transnational organised crime including his links with the New York mafia, Italian organised crime interests and even helping to arm the Rwandan genocide. Nevertheless, René - a white leader of an African nation - avoided the self-isolation of Rhodesia and South Africa, endowed racial harmony, enabled women to advance politically and socially, and left Seychelles with high incomes, currency convertibility and robust human and physical infrastructure. An essential read for anyone with an interest in the history of Seychelles, which will also be of great value to scholars of postcolonial states, African studies, microstates, and the Indian Ocean region"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Ashton Robinson is Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia
Subject René, France Albert, 1935-2019
Dictators -- Seychelles -- Biography
Dictatorship -- Seychelles -- History
Presidents -- Seychelles -- Biography
Seychelles -- History.
Seychelles -- Politics and government -- 1976-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1000638715