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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (11 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107006120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107006126
  • ASIN: 0521615526
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Will Reno’s masterly study of African rebellion not only provides an indispensable guide to a chaotic and confusing field, but helps us to discern, through the fog of war, the still misty outlines of alternative kinds of politics that, at least in parts of the continent, are coming to displace the legacies of colonial rule.” – Christopher Clapham, Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University

“In this encyclopedic vade mecum of African rebel movements, ranging from anticolonial and majority-rule insurgents to reformist challengers, from ethno-regional warlords to parochial rebels, the author helps piece together a remarkably comprehensive picture of the dynamics of warfare in the continent. No one interested in keeping track of the convulsions that have swept across Africa can afford to ignore this important contribution.” – Rene Lemarchand, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida

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This book surveys the history of armed conflict in Africa in the period since decolonization and independence. The number of post-independence conflicts in Africa has been considerable, and this book introduces to readers a comprehensive analysis of their causes and character.

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William Reno had a big effect on African studies in the 1990s with his books on corruption and politics in West Africa. His new book is an encyclopaedic and well-organised account of warfare in that continent. As Reno says, warfare in Africa has almost never been between states, and so his book focuses on several different types of rebels, moving from the anti-colonial rebels of the 1960s, to the "parochial," largely non-ideological rebels of today, who tend to promote regional and ethnic grievances. In the process, he challenges a number of fashionable assumptions about the causes on conflict in Africa. As one would expect, the book is especially good on West Africa, and on warlord rebels, in that region especially. It is a little less sure of itself in other regions, but remains the only comprehensive overview, and one that's unlikely to be bettered any time soon. And it's hard not to like a book that is full of characters such as Sam Bockarie, "an RUF commander and a former illicit diamond miner who left Sierra Leone to become a hairdresser and professional night club dancer in Liberia."
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5.0 out of 5 stars I actually met William Reno in 2012, his work ... 8 Aug. 2016
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I actually met William Reno in 2012, his work on warfare in Africa is both academically flawless and very interesting to read. It took me only two days to read.
1.0 out of 5 stars Bogus! Very Poorly Writen 16 July 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great work by Will Reno, Awesome intro for new students of African politics 14 April 2016
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This book would have been the best introduction piece for me when I began studying African politics. The breadth and pure number of relevant case analysis used in this work is amazing. Mr. Reno, who is a highly regarded professor of conflict issues, tackles the institutions of governance, economy, security, and civil society in post independence Africa. The chapters cover cases from all over Africa and introduces the reader to relationships between African states and foreign entities including investors, NGO's, and IGO's. I recommend this reading to any westerner who wants to begin their journey to understanding the contemporary history of Africa. This book is easily tackled by the college freshman or casual reader. I would suggest having Wikipedia handy as there are some assumptions of knowledge by the author, however there is nothing too discouraging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 14 Dec. 2012
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Interesting read, very factual, really helped me understand better various conflicts throughout the region, particularly the similarities and differences between them.
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