Catalogue


Warfare in independent Africa /
William Reno.
imprint
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
description
xxii, 271 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521615526, 9780521615525
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imprint
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
isbn
0521615526
9780521615525
contents note
Evolving warfare -- Anti-colonial rebels -- Majority rule rebels -- Reform rebels -- Warlord rebels -- Parochial rebels -- Conclusion : the past and future of warfare in Africa.
abstract
"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"--
catalogue key
7673559
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-262) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
William Reno is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He is the author of Corruption and State Politics in Sierra Leone (Cambridge, 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.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-02-01:
The achievement of independence by African countries did not provide the panacea many observers had assumed would shield the continent from persistent political instability. In this study, political science professor Reno (Northwestern) has captured one of the root causes of that insecurity: armed groups operating within the continent. Grouping African rebels conveniently into five different categories (anti-colonial, majority rule, reform, warlords, and parochial), Reno examines various facets of these armed groups from their leadership, individual, and collective fighting goals; complexities of internal structures; sources of recruitment; tactics and strategies; and dynamism and shifting grounds of power, to the challenges of gaining both internal and external recognition and support. He contends that the failures of African state governments and institutions to provide for the welfare of their populations have placed the latter at the mercy of rebels. Yet, despite the instability, unpredictability, and lawlessness unleashed by these armed rebels, their conduct and organization were restricted and their grandiose dreams did not harbor desires to change the geographical borders imposed on Africa by colonial authorities. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. Z. N. Nchinda University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Milwaukee Area Technical College
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"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
"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
"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
"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
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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.
Main Description
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.
Library of Congress Summary
"This book surveys the history of armed conflict in Africa in the period since decolonization and independence"--"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"--
Table of Contents
Mapsp. ix
Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Evolving Warfarep. 1
Anti-Colonial Rebelsp. 37
Majority Rule Rebelsp. 79
Reform Rebelsp. 119
Warlord Rebelsp. 163
Parochial Rebelsp. 206
Conclusion: The Past and Future of Warfare in Africap. 242
Suggested readingsp. 257
Indexp. 263
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