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Africa in World Politics: Engaging A Changing Global Order Fifth Edition, Fifth Edition Edition

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"Africa in World Politics is a collection of incisive essays on the major issues of a resurgent but troubled continent. It will be of great value to students, rsearchers, and policymakers. The contributors constitute a 'Dream Team' of scholars, development experts, and diplomats. The wealth of information and analyses provided, along with many helpful tables and charts, is a fitting response to the growing interest in African affairs."
Richard Joseph, Northwestern University

"Every chapter in this superbly revised and expanded fifth edition of Africa in World Politics will find a place on teh syllabi of courses on politics and international relations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many of the most distinguished scholars in the field offer balanced, informed assesments of Africa's contemporary challenges and its changing relationship with the rest of the world."
Anne Pitcher, University of Michigan

From the Fourth Edition:
"This book will serve as the starting point for those seeking a comprehensive and topical guide to the most critical developments on the continent. The contributions are up-to-date, extensively researched, and written by pre-eminent scholars. This edition has been carefully updated and covers emerging themes such as the AIDS crisis, the impact of the war on terrorism, and China’s markedly increased role on the continent. It will be welcomed by students of African international relations and politics."
Terrence Lyons, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

"The fourth edition of Africa in World Politics: Reforming Political Order is the latest iteration of a highly successful book that has chronicled major issues on the continent. This volume features a notable set of scholars and practitioners who examine some of the most important issues facing Africa, including democratization, globalization, AIDs, and terrorism. The authors draw attention to the recent good news from Africa but realistically account for the many challenges that remain. Africa in World Politics is a fitting tribute to Don Rothchild, reflecting his deep and broad interests in Africa.
Jeffrey Herbst, Provost, Miami University

"This fourth edition highlights anew the complexities of African international affairs. A worthy tribute to its co-editor, the late Donald Rothchild, the volume's chapters, crafted by eminent and experienced authorities, explore every strata of influence and change in contemporary Africa's engagement with the world. It offers insights on the post Cold War dynamics of state building, democracy, conflict, alliances and terrorism as shaped by domestic groups, national and foreign governments, NGOs, and intergovernmental agencies ranging from the AU and NEPAD to the World Bank and the UN. No important question is unaddressed."
Raymond F. Hopkins, Swarthmore College

About the Author

John W. Harbeson is professor emeritus of political science in the Graduate School and at City College of the City University of New York and a professional lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS.

Donald Rothchild was professor of political science at the University of California at Davis.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Fifth Edition, Fifth Edition edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813348455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813348452
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a powerhouse of information on current Africa in politics and in the whole area of economics. The multitude of writers contributes to the value of the book as many views are shared. Any approach to Africa truly demands many points of view. Despite the fact that one of the writers calls Africa a sub-continent the over all content of each chapter is thorough. It takes time to read such a book and absorb all that is intended by each author, but it is quite worth it. The amazing fact that comes through in this book and others like it is that China is the nation placing the greatest economic pressure on Africa. I call it pressure, not impact as China does not really care what goes on in the countries in politics or even in the social context, all they are after is resources. China has to be seen in this light when writing on China and Africa. I have enjoyed the book and reading it for the second time.
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