1st Edition

Ending Africa's Wars
Progressing to Peace

ISBN 9780754639329
Published July 20, 2006 by Routledge
258 Pages

USD $175.00

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Book Description

Post-colonial Africa has seemingly been in an intractable state of conflict and war for a considerable period of time. This volume explores the process by which these wars were ended, discusses the lessons learnt, and examines the sustainability of recently reconciled conflicts to see how far peace solutions are permanent in this region. Ending Africa's Wars is an important and timely book for all those interested in conflict, democracy, international organizations, civil society, refugees, gender and the economic reconstruction of Africa.



Oliver Furley is a Visiting Professor at the African Studies Centre, Coventry University, UK. He specialises in East African affairs and democratisation. Roy May is Professor Emeritus of African Politics and Director of the African Studies Centre at Coventry University. He is currently researching political change in Sierra Leone and in Chad and democracy in Cape Verde.


'This is a timely book. Nicely balanced in its coverage, with a judicious selection of case studies preceded by an informative set of thematic chapters, it draws together empirical information and theoretical perspectives in an accessible and informative way. Focusing on issues of major policy significance with ramifications far beyond their local and regional origins, this volume provides stimulating and valuable insights into the continuing problems of transition from war to peace in Africa, making it highly relevant to a wide readership within academia and beyond.' Roger Charlton, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK and Editor, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 'Reading this book, one realises how much we still have to learn about how and why different African wars, including, say, the low-intensity civil war in KwaZulu-Natal of the 1980s and early 1990s, have come to an end.' New Agenda 'It is a coherent volume, providing discussion of central general issues as well as drawing lessons from peace processes in diverse African countries.' Journal of Peace Research 'This edited volume builds on Furley and May's earlier collections with Ashgate, Peacekeeping in Africa (1998) and African Interventionist States (2001)...A strength of the book is that the case studies are all placed in their appropriate historical and geographical contexts, examining the roots of conflict and international (regional and Western) involvement of all kinds...this is a commendable collection...which presents a rich seam of ideas on an important topic.' African Affairs