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Historical dictionary of civil wars in Africa
Arnold, Guy.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1999]

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xxi, 377 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
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DT21.5 .A76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This comprehensive volume presents information about the civil wars which have taken place in Africa over the years of the independence era since 1945.

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Booklist Review

This entry in the Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Unrest series identifies people, organizations, military groups, and terms important for understanding the 30 civil wars in Africa since World War II. Information is accurate, and the writing is clear and balanced. No entries were found for events after 2006. A chronology, list of acronyms and abbreviations, and a 55-page bibliography of books and articles arranged by country enhance the work. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries. The author also wrote the first edition (1999) as well as other reference books on Africa.--Meyers, Arthur Copyright 2008 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Arnold (The Maverick State) defines the significant politico-military figures, organizations, and regions that have been engaged in conflict since Africa's post-World War II liberation from European imperialism. The cross-referenced A-to-Z entries are highly detailed and objective. A perfect companion to Arnold's previous survey, Africa: A Modern History, and to Taisier M. Ali and Robert O. Matthew's Civil War in Africa: Roots and Resolutions; recommended as an update to the 1999 first edition for collections supporting research in modern African history and peace and conflict studies. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The present volume updates the 1999 edition (CH, Feb'00, 37-3124) and adds nearly 100 pages. The number of African civil conflicts examined has increased to 30 (with some ongoing struggles covered in both editions). The subject pages offer new or expanded articles on the continent's liberation movements since 1945, leading personalities involved in or associated with a particular war (such as Zaire's Laurent Kabila and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan), organizations that have attempted peacekeeping (e.g., the African Union), mediation, provision of aid, status of refugees, and current crises such as the escalating problems in Sudan's Darfur province. In order to keep successive named conflicts separate, four nations have more than one entry: Congo/Zaire, Eritrea, Nigeria, and Uganda. Added features include a 1945-2006 chronology of wars and a lengthened list of organizational acronyms and abbreviations. Given its scope and clear treatment of often widely scattered primary materials, this work is suitable for reference collections in college, university, and large public libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. R. B. M. Ridinger Northern Illinois University