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Secession and Separatist Conflicts in Postcolonial Africa


Charles G. Thomas and Toyin Falola

$39.99 CAD / 39.99 USD (S)

416 pages, 7 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-77385-126-6 (Paperback)

978-1-77385-128-0 (eDist PDF)

978-1-77385-129-7 (ePub)

978-1-77385-130-3 (Mobi)

Africa: Missing Voices

May 2020

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About the Book

The first book to examine the full historical arc of secession and secessionist conflict across sub-Saharan Africa.

Wars fought for political separation have become omnipresent in post-colonial Africa. From the division of Sudan, to the continued fragmentation of Somalia, and the protracted struggles of Cabinda and Azawad, conflict over secession and separation continues to the present day.

This is the first single volume to examine the historical arc of secession and secessionist conflict across sub-Saharan Africa. Paying particular attention to the development of secessionist conflicts and their evolving goals, Secession and Separatist Conflicts in Postcolonial Africa draws on case studies and rigorous research to examine three waves of secessionist movements, themselves defined by international conflict and change. Using detailed case studies, the authors offer a framework to understand how secession and separation occur, how these are influenced by both preceding movements and global political trends, and how their ongoing legacies continue to shape African regional politics.

Deeply engaging and thoroughly researched, this book presents a nuanced and important and important new overview of African separatist and secessionist conflicts. It addresses the structures, goals, and underlying influences of these movements within a broader global context to impart a rich understanding of why these conflicts are waged, and how they succeed or fail.

Charles G. Thomas is associate professor of comparative military studies and chair for strategy and security studies at the US Air Force eSchool of Graduate Professional Military Education. He is a founding member and managing editor of the Journal of African Military History.

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Francis Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents
 

Introduction

Part I: The Civil Secessions

Chapter One: The Secession of Katanga, 1960-1963
Chapter Two: The Secession of Biafra, 1967-1970

Part II: The Long Wars

Chapter Three: The Anomaly of Eritrean Secession, 1961-1993
Chapter Four: The Secession of South Sudan, 1955-2005

Part III: The New Wave of Secessions

Chapter Five: De Facto Secession and the New Borders of Africa: Somaliland, 1991-Present
Chapter Six: Transnational Communities and Secession: The Azawad Secessionists, 1990-1996

Conclusion: Secession and the Secessionist Motive into the 21st Century