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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

Civil conflicts on the African continent since 1945 are usually discussed as one component of more general social and political histories of the postcolonial era. This dictionary (compiled by a writer with extensive background in African North-South relations) unites an often tangled body of data about 20 wars in a form easily accessible to both specialists and general readers. Entries cover individual leaders, political and guerrilla groups, and international relief agencies, and summarize relevant actions by country. The introduction outlines the racial, ideological, and political factors involved, ranging from colonial administrative legacies of mixed ethnic populations to possible roles the UN might fill to the moral issues raised by ethnic cleansing. Coverage begins with the uprising at Setif in Algeria in 1945 and extends through the 1998 struggle in Zaire. The antiapartheid struggle in South Africa that extended from 1960 to 1994 is also classed as a civil war. A table of abbreviations, a map illustrating all the conflicts discussed, and a lengthy bibliography covering 18 countries are included. All libraries. R. B. M. Ridinger; Northern Illinois University