By Bruce Berman

Professor Berman argues that the colonial kingdom was once formed by means of the contradictions among holding powerful political regulate with constrained coercive strength and making sure the ecocnomic articulation of metropolitan and settler capitalism with African societies. North the US: Ohio U Press; Kenya: EAEP

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In more extreme versions this system is both capitalist and firmly in place from the 16th century onwards. 8 This has several serious theoretical consequences. ' 9 The functionalist logic and determinism of the approach are apparent: impersonal market forces produce and reproduce 'development' in the core and 'underdevelopment' in the periphery. Everything that happens in the periphery is determined by the needs of capital at the core and constantly reproduces development and underdevelopment. The result is universal and unilinear.

In the course of its construction I struggled to transcend the conceptual rigidity and empirical sterility of structuralist theory and find the conceptual basis for a materialist analysis capable of dealing both powerfully and subtly with the complexity, ambiguity and idiosyncracy of the history of a single colony. To do so required not only critical analysis of the specific inadequacies of structuralist concepts, but also consideration of the relationship between theory and real historical experience, and reconstruction of the conceptual basis for the analysis of the colonial state, the introduction of capitalism into Africa and its linkage with indigenous social forms.

Leys, 'Underdevelopment and dependency', p. 99; and also Colin Leys, 'African economic development in theory and practice', Daedalus 111(2), 1982, pp. 1056. 13. See the critique in Bill Warren, Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism, London: New Left Books, 1980, Ch. 5 and 6; and for examplea see the works of Wolff, Mamdani, Brett and Howard cited in Notes 4 and 5. 14. This is particularly true of the studies by Wolff and Brett (see Note 4). 15. For Kenya this thesis has been most clearly argued in Gary Wasserman, Politics of Decolonization: Kenya Europeans and the Land Issue 196065, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.

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