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The Roots of African Conflicts: The Causes and Costs
edited by Alfred Nhema, Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
Ohio University Press, 2007
eISBN: 978-0-8214-4299-9 | Paper: 978-0-8214-1809-3
Library of Congress Classification HN780.Z9V5652 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 303.640967


“Africa is no more prone to violent conflicts than other regions. Indeed, Africa’s share of the more than 180 million people who died from conflicts and atrocities in the twentieth century is relatively modest.… This is not to underestimate the immense impact of violent conflicts on Africa; it is merely to emphasize the need for more balanced debate and commentary.”
—From the introduction by Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Violent conflicts have exacted a heavy toll on Africa’s societies, polities, and economies. This book presents African scholars’ views of why conflicts start in their continent. The causes of conflict are too often examined by scholars from the countries that run the proxy wars and sell the arms to fuel them. This volume offers theoretically sophisticated, empirically grounded, and compelling analyses of the roots of African conflicts.

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