Hot Spot: Sub-Saharan Africa, 1st Edition

  • Toyin Falola
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  • ISBN-10: 0313359725
  • ISBN-13: 9780313359729
  • DDC: 967.03
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 200 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released March 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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Conflict has been a critical factor in the making of contemporary Africa, and its study is key to understanding the continent's tortuous history. HOT SPOT: SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA analyzes the area's major, post-independence conflicts intense enough to threaten national, regional, or international security. This work defines conflict broadly to encompass political instability and state failure, ethno-religious tensions, government and political corruption, economic mismanagement and poverty, cult violence, and youth gangsterism. Thematically organized chapters examine the origins and development of explosive hot spots—including Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo—in West Africa, Nigeria, Southern Africa, the Horn of Africa and Central Africa, and the Great Lakes region. The book also explores outside factors that have impacted African conflicts, such as superpower Cold War manipulation and foreign influence and intervention.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Timeline of Selected Conflicts.
1: Introduction: Africa and Historical Context of Hot Spots.
2: West Africa: The Mano River Basin Conflicts.
3: Nigeria.
4: Southern Africa.
5: East Africa and the Great Lakes Region.
Independence Dates for African States.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Authors.