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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850658986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850658986
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a 'primer' on Somali culture and recent history. It is a dense book that reads easily. It should be required reading for anybody who deals with Somalia, from diplomats to journalists and from NGO workers to United Nations staff. Because if there is one clear lesson that emerges from Lewis's precise and sweeping assessment, it is that Somalia is a walking and moving exception to many rules about the nation-state and that trying to deal with it in 'usual' fashion not only does not help but on the contrary tends to compound the problems.' --Gerard Prunier, author of Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide and of From Genocide to Continental War: The 'Congolese' Conflict and the Crisis of Contemporary Africa

About the Author

I.M. Lewis FBA, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the LSE, is recognised internationally as the leading academic authority on the history and cultures of the Somali people, on which he has written dozens of books and articles over the last fifty years.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A C Jacob on 11 Feb. 2013
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Well written book giving clear insight into the history and culture of Somalia and Somalian people.

The book was more detailed than for what I needed but the clear chapters, subheadings and text allowed me to skim through easily to find salient information. There was also a chronological summary of key events in Somalian history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KG on 14 Feb. 2013
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Easy to read and comprehensive covering not only the regional history but also that specifically of Somaliland - which is rare to find! Concise historical details and also gives valuable insight into cultural beliefs and practices
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By David on 14 Nov. 2011
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This book is a very useful overview of Somalia and its recent history. It is a very good introduction to the subject.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Middleton on 8 Oct. 2009
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Lewis is the leading non Somali expert on Somalia and this small book is an excellent place to begin finding out about Somalia.
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