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Pathways to Statehood: Authority, legitimacy and Social Diversity in the Horn of Africa (11th-16th centuries)

Project description

Tracking the origins of weak or failed states

Understanding the features of weak or failed states is a challenging issue. The Horn of Africa is widely known as a geographic region that is characterised by disintegrated systems of governance and weak legitimate authority. The EU-funded StateHorn project proposes a new method based on archaeology that will provide a new vision of how statehood has been conceived, studied and analysed in the Horn of Africa. The project will focus on the medieval period in northern Somalia and south-eastern Ethiopia. This is considered a period during which actual political, economic and demographic characteristics emerged. StateHorn envisages developing a theory able to analyse regions with weak or failed states.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-STG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Host institution

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 499 848

Beneficiaries (1)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 499 848
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations