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Charles Tilly finds that the history of modern state building in Western Europe was characterized by the efforts of the rulers to extract resources from their population as a means to combating or neutralizing international or internal rivalries. In this process, state agencies exemplified by the department of taxation, finance, information and supervision were substantially consolidated, which led to the overall expansion of the state machinery. Territorial sovereign states in Sub-Saharan Africa stemmed from decolonization under the UN. Since the end of the Cold War, international “rivalry” has taken the place of traditional international wars and became the dominant form ofinternational conflicts. Given that international rivalry is incapable of posing a fatal threat to the survival of a state, it presumably does not significantly influence the capacity of Sub-Saharan African states. Meanwhile, civil wars, which have been constantly plaguing this region since its independence, constitute a substantive menace to the civilians, thereby allowing the state to extract more resources from the society. Concurrently, the impacts of war upon state building in Sub-Saharan Africa are constrained by three structural factors, namely, ethnic politics, dependence on natural resources and foreign aid. All of them weaken state authority and the work efficiency of state agencies, disabling the state from realizing the imperativeness and the importance of penetrating into society for resource extraction and empowering the state more deeply, which eventually exerts negative effects upon the connection between war and state building. A series of cross-sectional time series regression analyses based upon macro-level data of Sub-Saharan Africa from 1975 to 2013 lend support to most of the hypotheses. Nevertheless, dependence on natural resources is found to significantly reduce the influences of international rivalry upon state building, while significantly strengthening the state building function of civil wars.