“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
Warfare in Independent Africaby William Reno
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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.
Meet the Author
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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