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"Will Reno's masterly study of African rebellion not only provides an indispensable guide to a chaotic and confusing field, but helps us to discern, through the fog of war, the still misty outlines of alternative kinds of politics that, at least in parts of the continent, are coming to displace the legacies of colonial rule." - Christopher Clapham, Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University

"In this encyclopedic vade mecum of African rebel movements, ranging from anticolonial and majority-rule insurgents to reformist challengers, from ethno-regional warlords to parochial rebels, the author helps piece together a remarkably comprehensive picture of the dynamics of warfare in the continent. No one interested in keeping track of the convulsions that have swept across Africa can afford to ignore this important contribution." - Rene Lemarchand, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida

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This book surveys the history of armed conflict in Africa in the period since decolonization and independence. The number of post-independence conflicts in Africa has been considerable, and this book introduces to readers a comprehensive analysis of their causes and character.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Approaches to African History (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107006120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107006126
  • ASIN: 0521615526
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book would have been the best introduction piece for me when I began studying African politics. The breadth and pure number of relevant case analysis used in this work is amazing. Mr. Reno, who is a highly regarded professor of conflict issues, tackles the institutions of governance, economy, security, and civil society in post independence Africa. The chapters cover cases from all over Africa and introduces the reader to relationships between African states and foreign entities including investors, NGO's, and IGO's. I recommend this reading to any westerner who wants to begin their journey to understanding the contemporary history of Africa. This book is easily tackled by the college freshman or casual reader. I would suggest having Wikipedia handy as there are some assumptions of knowledge by the author, however there is nothing too discouraging.
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Interesting read, very factual, really helped me understand better various conflicts throughout the region, particularly the similarities and differences between them.
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