How does "Anthills of the Savannah" relate to the theory of post colonialism?

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Post-colonialism refers to the situation that exists in countries that were once colonies but were abandoned by their invading force.  There is a group of literature and artwork that is heavily influenced by the conditions created in a post-colonial country.  Achebe dedicated most of his work to developing such themes.  In "Anthills", he portrays how the country - symbolic of his home country of Nigeria - had been disrupted by the heavy influence of Western culture.  The culture of the people had been infiltrated and, in many ways, lost - a victim of capitalism and imperial governement.  The leaders of Kangan are Western educated, and their failure is indicative of their inability to understand their own people.  Throughout the novel, there is a struggle to find peace between new and old.   The tumultous situations echo that of Nigeria and many other African nations who were left to "recover" after the European countries disrupted their lives and then left.

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