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1st Edition

Africa: War and Conflict in the Twentieth Century

ISBN 9781138281967
Published May 13, 2018 by Routledge
224 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the causes, course and consequences of warfare in twentieth century Africa, a period which spanned colonial rebellions, both World Wars, and the decolonization process. Timothy Stapleton contextualizes the essential debates and controversies surrounding African conflict in the twentieth century while providing insightful introductions to such conflicts as:

  • African rebellions against colonial regimes in the early twentieth century, including the rebellion and infamous genocide of the Herero and Nama people in present-day Namibia;
  • The African fronts of World War I and World War II, and the involvement of colonized African peoples in these global conflicts;
  • Conflict surrounding the widespread decolonization of Africa in the 1950s and 1960s;
  • Rebellion and civil war in Africa during the Cold War, when American and Soviet elements often intervened in efforts to turn African battlegrounds into Cold War proxy conflicts;
  • The Second Congo Civil War, which is arguably the bloodiest conflict in any region since World War II;

Supported by a glossary, a who’s who of key figures, a timeline of major events, a rich bibliography, and a set of documents which highlight the themes of the book, Africa: War and Conflict in the Twentieth Century is the best available resource for students and scholars seeking an introduction to violent conflict in recent African history.

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction

Part Two: War and Conflict in Africa (1900-1945)

Chapter 1: Wars of Colonial Conquest (1900-36)

Chapter 2: Africa and the World Wars (1914-18 and 1939-45)

Part Three: War and Conflict in Africa (1945-2000)

Chapter 3: Decolonization Wars (1947-90)

Chapter 4: Civil Wars (1955-2000)

Chapter 5: Inter-state Wars (1960-2000)

Part Four: Documents



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Timothy J. Stapleton is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary. He is the author of A History of Genocide in Africa (2017), the three-volume A Military History of Africa (2013) and A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid (2010).