South Sudan: A New History for a New Nation

South Sudan: A New History for a New Nation

by Douglas H. Johnson

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Overview

Africa’s newest nation has a long history. Often considered remote and isolated from the rest of Africa, and usually associated with the violence of slavery and civil war, South Sudan has been an arena for a complex mixing of peoples, languages, and beliefs. The nation’s diversity is both its strength and a challenge as its people attempt to overcome the legacy of decades of war to build a new economic, political, and national future.

Most recent studies of South Sudan’s history have a foreshortened sense of the past, focusing on current political issues, the recently ended civil war, or the ongoing conflicts within the country and along its border with Sudan. This brief but substantial overview of South Sudan’s longue durée, by one of the world’s foremost experts on the region, answers the need for a current, accessible book on this important country.

Drawing on recent advances in the archaeology of the Nile Valley, new fieldwork as well as classic ethnography, and local and foreign archives, Johnson recovers South Sudan’s place in African history and challenges the stereotypes imposed on its peoples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821445846
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Series: Ohio Short Histories of Africa
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Douglas H. Johnson is a Fellow of the Rift Valley Institute, a historian of Sudan and South Sudan, and an award-winning author and editor. He was a consultant during the Sudan peace talks and a member of the Abyei Boundaries Commission.

Table of Contents

Contents Illustrations 1- Introduction 2- South Sudan in the Nile Basin 3- Trees and Wandering Bulls 4- Trade and Empires, Tribal Zones and Deep Rurals 5- Dispersal and Diasporas 6- The Dual Colonialism of the Condominium 7- The Politics of Competing Nationalisms 8- Two Wars 9- Self-Determination in the Twenty-First Century 10- Legacies of War Notes Abbreviations and Glossary Works Cited Acknowledgments Index

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