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The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars

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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, politi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Indiana University Press (first published December 1st 2002)
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Guri
Nov 21, 2012 Guri rated it really liked it
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Throrough, but quite a dense book. Took ages to read! Some sections have also not really been updated since the early 2000s. Still a very informative book.
Nicholas Whyte
"http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1263632.html?#cutid2[return][return]Johnson takes a more southern view than Collins' History of Modern Sudan , and indeed invokes anthropology (which I always appreciate) as much as political analysis to tell, essentially, much the same story. (Johnson snipes at some of Collins' earlier work from the footnotes.)[return][return]Johnson's focus is, not unreasonably, on the north-south conflict. He provides a much deeper understanding than Collins of what made the re ...more
Namrirru
Jul 12, 2007 Namrirru rated it liked it
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He mostly goes over politics and warfare, not so much about the people who are affected by both. There's so much attention to detail that information gets a little mushed. The SPLA and all its factions and leaders are quite ineffective against Khartoum's policies and attacks, especially when those factions are corrupt and are fighting amongst themselves. He never really states this or gives a very clear picture of the whole scenario. He'll spotlight one person or group and then head on to anothe ...more
Rachel
Nov 14, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it
This is one of the best accounts of Sudan that I've read since I've arrived here. It definately focuses more on the North South war than say Darfur or the East, but it also briefly addresses issues in these regions. If you are interested in the tit for tat and then the break up of the SPLA, militias in ths south, and leadership in Khartoum, you will likely benefit from this book.
Deb
Jan 08, 2010 Deb rated it really liked it
a surprisingly gripping read...tragic though to be in this country (sudan i mean) and realise how extraordinary the people are and to read about the terrible suffering they have undergone and to see it all starting up again as the elections loom...so unjust
Lee
May 28, 2009 Lee rated it really liked it
This book in great detail illustrates the complexities of the Sudanese conflicts. The current conflicts were already forecast in the breakdown of the 1972 agreement. How does the international community not get more involved in Sudan?
Kathleen
Dec 04, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was ok
Very factual, but let's be honest, also very dry.
Katie
Mar 14, 2007 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: africa
Dense.
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