Soldiers at Peace: Veterans of the Civil War in Mozambique

Soldiers at Peace: Veterans of the Civil War in Mozambique

by J. Schafer
     
 
This is the first scholarly study of soldiers and guerrillas demobilized after the civil war in Mozambique (1979-1992). The book examines former soldiers' - from both sides - return to civilian life, and how their identity as veterans plays out in the political sphere.

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This is the first scholarly study of soldiers and guerrillas demobilized after the civil war in Mozambique (1979-1992). The book examines former soldiers' - from both sides - return to civilian life, and how their identity as veterans plays out in the political sphere.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This book makes a very important contributionfor scholars and policy-makers concerned with the dynamics of warfare, post-conflict transitions, and governance throughout the developing world."

- Stephen Lubkemann, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, The George Washington University

"The notion of new wars, fought by drug-crazed young combatants driven by opportunist greed, has grabbed the attention of journalists, politicians and some academics. Africa, in particular, has been seen as the 'home' of such violence. Focusing on Mozambique, this book offers a much-needed antidote. It is a balanced, carefully-researched assessment of combatants in the Mozambique war, how and why they fought, and what they have contributed to the remaking of post-war society. This fine study conveys the important message that it is a fatal mistake to strip war of its social content. Its implications havewide significance and application."

- Paul Richards, author of Fighting for the Rain-Forest: War, Youth, and Resources in Sierra Leone

"Jessica Schafer explores the experience of soldiers after the long liberation struggle and civil war in Mozambique, and shows why this experience has been different. She is a brilliant fieldworker in a difficult context, and her interviews enable her to paint a vivid picture of the lives of ordinary soldiers both during the war and after. This is an excellent volume - theoretically informed, densely researched, sympathetically written, and full of comparative interest."

- William Beinart, Professor of Race Relations, and Chair, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403975034
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
01/11/2008
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Schafer is an Assistant Professor in the International Development and Globalization Program at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include post-war societies, environmental history, and community and international development. She has published articles in African Affairs, African Studies Review, and the Journal of Southern African Studies, amongst others.

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