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African Insurgencies: From the Colonial Era to the 21st Century

African Insurgencies: From the Colonial Era to the 21st Century

by Richard A. Lobban Jr., Chris H. Dalton


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Presenting a continent-wide comparative analysis of ethnic, political, and colonially based insurgencies, this text examines the causes, tactics, outcomes, and key individuals of African insurgent events and assesses a range of foreseeable outcomes in Africais multiple regions of continuing political instability.

Insurgencies continue to erupt in many nations of Africa. The techniques and intended purposes of todayis insurgencies are evolutions of historical versions of insurgencies, long-standing strife among ethnic and political groups, and modern-era movements reflective of the ever-shrinking planet, leading to revolutions in the region. This book spans the African continent to address a diverse classification of insurgencies and revolutions, weaving them together thematically and enabling readers to make connections between their purposes, tactics, outcome, and impact. Providing researchers in African and security studies with a comprehensive body of work for further studies, this eminently readable work examines the many past and current insurgencies that have occurred in Africa, identifying their causes and predominantly common bases and rationales.

Coauthored by an acclaimed scholar of African studies and a U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel with a masteris degree in national security and strategic studies, this single-volume book provides an in-depth examination into the drivers, actors, tactics, weapons, intended outcomes, and sweeping consequences of the many events in Africa that have overturned existing rule or implemented rule where none existed—and in a few cases, resulted in stabilization of a nation. Readers will better understand the causal, contextual, tactical, ideological, and philosophical factors that launch insurgencies through coverage of pre-colonial insurgencies; anti-colonial resistance and national liberation movements; separatist and irredentist movements; reformist, revolutionary, and Islamist insurgencies; and genocide, warlord, and proxy insurgencies. The bookis last chapter discusses how insurgent movements might be prevented through better governance, or contained or defeated with diplomatic and/or military means.

  • Supplies a highly useful comparative analysis of insurgencies across Africa since the Colonial period to recent decades, addressing their root causes, actors, outcomes, and ultimately prevention
  • Provides comprehensive treatment of significant engagements, internal leaders, and outside influences that contributed to these insurgencies
  • Discusses ongoing security conflicts, such as in Libya and Sudan, to compare nations that have successfully overcome such events with those nations that continue to suffer with the consequences of such revolts and insurgent movements
  • Offers critical assessments of prospects for inclusive democracies to combat insurgencies as well as strategies for prevention to create more stable environments

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440839948
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/26/2017
Series: Praeger Security International
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard A. Lobban Jr., PhD, is adjunct professor of African studies at the Naval War College and professor emeritus of anthropology at Rhode Island College. He has authored numerous works on African conflict.

Lt. Col. Christopher H. Dalton is an active-duty Marine logistician who coauthored a volume on Libya with Richard A. Lobban.

Table of Contents

Foreword John Fobanjong ix

Introduction xiii

Abbreviations xxv

1 Precolonial and Colonial Insurgencies 1

2 Anticolonial Resistance and National Liberation Movements 23

3 Separatist and Irredentist Movements 39

4 Reformist, Revolutionary, and Islamist Insurgencies 87

5 Genocide, Warlords, and Proxy Wars: Interwoven Themes and Ruthless Insurgents 135

6 Analysis: Classifications, Comparisons, and Conclusions 195

Bibliography 223

Index 239

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