The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars

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Indiana University Press, 2003 - History - 234 pages
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Sudan's post-independence history has been dominated by long, recurring, and bloody civil wars. Most commentators have attributed the country's political and civil strife either to an age-old racial and ethnic divide between Arabs and Africans or to colonially constructed inequalities. In The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars, Douglas H. Johnson examines historical, political, economic, and social factors to come to a more subtle understanding of the trajectory of Sudan's civil wars. Johnson focuses on the essential differences between the modern Sudan's first civil war in the 1960s, the current war, and the minor conflicts generated by and contained within the larger wars. Regional and international factors, such as humanitarian aid, oil revenue, and terrorist organizations, are cited and examined as underlying issues that have exacerbated the violence. Readers will find an immensely readable yet nuanced and well-informed handling of the history and politics of Sudan's civil wars.

 

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Douglas Johnson is one of the best writers on Sudan, combining academic rigour (especially in anthropology and history) with a sense of the current reality on the ground. This is an excellent summary of the root causes of Sudan's oft-oversimplified civil wars. Read full review

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Contents

The Historical of NorthSouth Structure Relations
1
British Overrule 18991947
9
Nationalism the First Civil War Independence 194272
21
The Addis Ahaba the Agreement Regional Governments 197283
39
The Beginning of the Second Civil War 198385
59
INTERLUDE
75
The Momentum of Liberation 198691
79
The SPLA Split Surviving Factionalism
91
The Segmentation the Nuer Civil War of SPLAUnited
111
Multiple Civil Wars
127
The War Economy the Politics of Relief
143
Ideas of in the Sudan Peace War
167
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
181
Chronology of Events
195
INDEX
222
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Douglas H. Johnson teaches history at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He has worked with various relief agencies and relief efforts in the Sudan.

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