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East Africa after Liberation

East Africa after Liberation
Conflict, Security and the State since the 1980s

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Part of African Studies

  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108494274

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  • Between 1986 and 1994, East Africa's postcolonial, political settlement was profoundly challenged as four revolutionary 'liberation' movements seized power in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. After years of armed struggle against vicious dictatorships, these movements transformed from rebels to rulers, promising to deliver 'fundamental change'. This study exposes, examines and underlines the acute challenges each has faced in doing so. Drawing on over 130 interviews with the region's post-liberation elite, undertaken over the course of a decade, Jonathan Fisher takes a fresh and empirically-grounded approach to explaining the fast-moving politics of the region over the last three decades, focusing on the role and influence of its guerrilla governments. East Africa after Liberation sheds critical light on the competing pressures post-liberation governments contend with as they balance reformist aspirations with accommodation of counter-vailing interests, historical trajectories and their own violent organisational cultures.

    • Telling the story of a region, rather than a single state, this introduces an engaging conceptual framework for understanding inter-connected revolutionary movements
    • Grounded in rich, empirical analysis based on interviews with over 130 key players from across the region undertaken over the course of a decade
    • Provides a novel and far-reaching comparative analysis of the contemporary history and politics of East Africa
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    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108494274
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 8 maps
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Insurgency:
    1. East Africa's post-liberation elite and the legacy of insurgency I: movement, state and society
    2. East Africa's post-liberation elite and the legacy of insurgency II: from rebellion to government
    Part II. Liberation:
    3. From rebels to diplomats: pragmatism, aspiration and mistrust, 1986–1995
    4. Reinventing liberation: revolution and regret in Congo and Sudan, 1995–2000
    Part III. Crisis:
    5. The disintegration of the Liberation Coalition,1998–2007
    6. From regional conflict to domestic crisis: regime consolidation and the fragmentation of the Old Guard, 2000–07
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Jonathan Fisher, University of Birmingham
    Jonathan Fisher is Reader in African Politics in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham and Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, South Africa. His research focuses on the intersection between authoritarian rule, political transformation and in/security in East Africa. His work has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Facebook and the Newton Fund and has been published in journals such as African Affairs, International Affairs and World Development.

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