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368 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 2002
In the West we tend to think of Sierra Leone as a country where modernization and globalization have not yet penetrated. But Sierra Leone reached this stage of savagery in part as a result of modernization and globalization. Sierra Leone was a classic case between markets and democracy in the face of a market-dominant minority – here, the entrepreneurial Lebanese, who for decades controlled the country’s diamond mines. There was a backlash against democracy, an extended period of crony capitalism, and then the inevitable explosion.