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Warfare in Independent Africa

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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. Tracing the evolution of warfare from anti-colonial and anti-apartheid campaigns to complex conflicts in which factionalized armies, militias, and rebel groups fight with each other and prey upon non-combatants, it allows the readers a new perspective to understand violence on the continent. The book is written to appeal not only to students of history and African politics, but also to experts in the policy community, the military, and humanitarian agencies.

    • Explains why violence in contemporary Africa fails to result in system-changing grassroots movements
    • Written to appeal to academicians, students, the policy community, military experts and employees of humanitarian agencies
    • Addresses issues such as the persistence of poorly performing regimes
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “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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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139097819
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 5 maps 1 table
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • Table of Contents

    1. The evolution of warfare
    2. Anti-colonial rebels
    3. Majority rule rebels
    4. Reform rebels
    5. Warlord rebels
    6. Parochial rebels
    Conclusion: the past and future of warfare in Africa.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • (Un)Civil Conflict: New War in Africa
    • Child Soldiers and Warlords in African History
    • Globalization and Its Critics
    • History of Contemporary Africa
    • Modern and Contemprary Arican History
    • Political Change/Development SSA
    • Politics and Violence in Africa
    • Politics of International Development OR Human Security
    • Seminar in African Politics
    • Seminar in Civil Conflict
    • Seminar in Civil War
    • State-Building in Comparative Perspective
    • Topics in African Military History
    • Warfare in Africa from the Precolonial to the Present
    • Western Civ ll
  • Author

    William Reno, Northwestern University, Illinois
    William Reno is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He is the author of Corruption and State Politics in Sierra Leone (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and Warlord Politics and African States (1998) and numerous other academic and policy publications about conflict in Africa. Professor Reno's research focuses on the politics of conflict in Africa.

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