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Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African State Paperback – July 27, 2010
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Until 1956, the northern and southern halves of Sudan had long been kept apart and were ill-prepared to live with one another in the new, post-colonial era. War erupted in 1955 and continued until 1972. The (post-) colonial heritage has always been criticized and used as an excuse for a lot of the subsequent policy mistakes and mayhem, time and again, by Sudan's rulers and its Western-educated academics. They surely have a point, or some point.
RC has written a fast-paced book based on interviews with informants in the US, UK, Kenya and all over Sudan, and has relied on only a selection of the written sources available. He has avoided too much detail and refused to be drawn into academic disputes. Good recent accounts exist about the wars in Darfur and the South. This is the first book investigating Sudan's internal conflicts in its Southern, Western and Eastern regions at a time when the regime was (and perhaps still is) under suspicion of supporting worldwide terrorism.Read more ›
After visiting Juba last year I wanted a good overview of the modern history of Sudan. I have now read several histories and this one is the best. Written by a journalist, it is easy to read. Strongly recommended.
Also, the complexion of the country, now countries, has changed dramatically since the publication of this book and an additional chapter would be much appreciated.
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Book tells the history of the war in this region. How Sudan came to this war is the most interesting part of the book and the rebal formation fighting against this goverment. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by scott bailey