The essays in this valuable collection attest to the fact that throughout his enormously productive career as a scholar, Richard L. Sklar has been at the intellectual forefront of major political and social developments affecting the African continent. Spanning four decades, these essays encompass the wide range of Sklar's scholarly contributions both to African political studies and the discipline of political science. While the author's influential writings on Nigerian politics comprise a significant portion of this collection, the great diversity of African countries and regions treated herein evinces a breadth of scholarly interest best described as Pan-African Continentalism. This volume also contains Sklar's seminal essays on the subjects of class, power, socialism, modernization, dual authority, mixed government, "developmental democracy," and "postimperialism." Readers will find that Sklar's frequent dissenting views from accepted wisdom, conservative and progressive alike, have yielded fresh thinking on numerous subjects of interest to all students of politics.