The History of Somalia

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ABC-CLIO, 2013 - History - 211 pages
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Somalia is a nation with a history that stretches back more than ten millennia to the beginnings of human civilization. This book provides sweeping coverage of Somalia's history ranging from the earliest times to its modern-day status as a country of ten million inhabitants, providing a unique social-scientific treatment of the nation's key issues across ethnic and regional boundaries.

The book addresses not only Somali sociocultural and political history but also covers Somalia's administration and economy, secessionist movements, civil and regional wars, and examines the dynamics of state collapse, democratization, terrorism, and piracy in contemporary times. The author details the extremely rich history of the Somali people and their customs while documenting past history, enabling readers to make meaning out of the country's ongoing crisis.

  

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Contents

An Overview
1
2 Precolonial States and Societies
23
3 Colonial Conquest
47
4 The Model Colony at War and the Aftermath 19001960
71
5 Independence and Nation Building 19601969
95
6 Mohamed Siad Barre and the New Era 19691991
115
7 DadCunkil Cannibalism Secessionism and Operation Restore Hope
137
Disunity Disorder and the Consociational Imperative
161
Notable People in the History of Somalia
185
Selected Bibliography
193
Index
199
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Raphael Chijioke Njoku, PhD, is the chair and director of the International Studies Program/Department of Economics, and professor of African/world history at Idaho State University. He holds a doctorate in African history from Dalhousie University, Halif

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