Hot Spot: Sub-Saharan Africa

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Conflict has been a critical factor in the making of contemporary Africa, and its study is key to understanding the continent's tortuous history. Hot Spot: Sub-Saharan Africa analyzes the area's major, post-independence conflicts intense enough to threaten national, regional, or international security.

This work defines conflict broadly to encompass political instability and state failure, ethno-religious tensions, government and political corruption, economic mismanagement and ...

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Overview

Conflict has been a critical factor in the making of contemporary Africa, and its study is key to understanding the continent's tortuous history. Hot Spot: Sub-Saharan Africa analyzes the area's major, post-independence conflicts intense enough to threaten national, regional, or international security.

This work defines conflict broadly to encompass political instability and state failure, ethno-religious tensions, government and political corruption, economic mismanagement and poverty, cult violence, and youth gangsterism. Thematically organized chapters examine the origins and development of explosive hot spots—including Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo—in West Africa, Nigeria, Southern Africa, the Horn of Africa and Central Africa, and the Great Lakes region. The book also explores outside factors that have impacted African conflicts, such as superpower Cold War manipulation and foreign influence and intervention.

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"… an excellent and compact compendium. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers and upper-division undergraduate students."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313359712
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Hot Spot Histories Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

Timeline of Selected Conflicts

Chapter 1 Introduction: Africa and Historical Context of Hot Spots 1

The Historical Context 1

Cold War and Conflicts 23

Dictatorship, Corruption, State Failure, and Conflicts 27

Conflict Resolution 28

Chapter 2 West Africa: The Mano River Basin Conflicts 39

The Mano River Basin 42

From Liberia to Sierra Leone 45

Cote d'Ivoire 50

Warlordism: The Case of Charles Taylor 51

Regional Conflict and International Ramifications 55

Chapter 3 Nigeria 63

Brief Historical Overview 66

Ethnicity, Politics, and Conflict 68

The Military in Politics 76

Minority Uprising and Communal Violence 82

The Crisis of Governance 90

Chapter 4 Southern Africa 99

Southern Africa and Conflict in Historical Perspective 101

White Minority Regimes and Liberation Struggle: Rhodesia and South West Africa 109

Racial Oppression and Violent Resistance in South Africa 114

Civil Wars in Angola and Mozambique 121

The Cold War, South Africa, and Regional Conflict 125

Chapter 5 East Africa and the Great Lakes Region 133

Ethiopia's Wars and Red Terror 137

Eritrea 140

Somalia: A Failed State 144

Piracy in the Horn 149

Civil Wars in Sudan 151

Terrorism 156

Uganda 158

Conflicts in the Great Lakes: Rwanda, Burundi, and Democratic Republic of Congo 160

Appendix Independence Dates for African States 175

Selected Bibliography 177

Index 191

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