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The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars
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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"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 resort to war not o ...more
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
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.