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    Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

LSE’s Richard Stupart recommends this book to anyone wanting an introduction to the major themes in Burundian politics and history, or an overview of the kinds of organisations involved in conflict resolution, democracy building and development.

To say that Burundi is ignored in the fields of development, political science, and other endeavours focused on Africa is to state the obvious. […]

Ending Impunity in South Sudan

Rachel Ibreck and Alex de Waal argue that, despite the ongoing violence, South Sudan is not a lawless society and courts can contribute to ending the conflict.

In the course of recurrent wars, South Sudanese people have suffered numerous atrocities with little or no opportunities for accountability. The peace agreements of 1972 and 2005 had no provisions for justice. But […]

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    Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews of 2016

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews of 2016

Welcome to our look back to our most popular book reviews of 2016.

Book Review – Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi Edited by Gérard Prunier and Éloi Ficquet – An impressive volume, one which contains a wealth of information on the historical, cultural and religious underpinnings of the landlocked country in the Horn of Africa, […]

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of 2016

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Gambia continues to defy existing political norms on the […]

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    Book Review: ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram by Andrew Walker

Book Review: ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram by Andrew Walker

In ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram, journalist Andrew Walker examines the emergence of Boko Haram, teasing out the societal and state structures that contributed to its rise and sustained its position. With the book drawing on a comprehensive range of resources, Fisayo Ajala recommends this well-researched and dutifully analysed […]

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    Book Review: When the Walking Defeats You: One Man’s Journey as Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard by Ledio Cakaj

Book Review: When the Walking Defeats You: One Man’s Journey as Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard by Ledio Cakaj

This is a unique and compelling account that effectively intertwines the biographical account of George Omona (fictional name) – a young man who voluntarily joined and fought for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central African Republic, South Sudan and Eastern Congo between 2007 and 2010 before escaping – with the wider narrative of an ongoing conflict. Jamie Hitchen […]

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    Book Review: Year of Fire, Year of Ash: The Soweto Schoolchildren’s Revolt that Shook Apartheid by Baruch Hirson

Book Review: Year of Fire, Year of Ash: The Soweto Schoolchildren’s Revolt that Shook Apartheid by Baruch Hirson

As a new edition of Year of Fire, Year of Ash by Baruch Hirson is republished, Anne Heffernan examines whether this volume stands the test of time.

 

Baruch Hirson was a lecturer in physics at the University of the Witwatersrand in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also a secret member of the South African Communist Party after that organisation […]

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    Book Review: Al-Shabaab in Somalia: the history and ideology of a militant Islamist Group by Stig Jarle Hansen

Book Review: Al-Shabaab in Somalia: the history and ideology of a militant Islamist Group by Stig Jarle Hansen

As a revised and updated version of Stig Jarle Hansen’s Al Shabaab in Somalia is released, LSE’s Joanna Lewis praises the volume for providing a comprehensive history of the militant Islamist group.

 

Stig Jarle Hansen’s widely acclaimed book on Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group first published in 2013, has been reissued this year […]

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    Book Review: The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976 by Julian Brown

Book Review: The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976 by Julian Brown

In The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976, Julian Brown presents a revisionary account of the Soweto Uprising of June 1976, arguing that the decade leading up to this event was marked a series of experimental resistance which prepared the ground for this uprising. Anne Heffernan says that this volume could not have come […]

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    French Intervention in Africa Reflects its National Politics

French Intervention in Africa Reflects its National Politics

Eva Nelson analyses the underlying motivations in France’s foreign policy towards Africa.

 

The long view of French foreign policy in Africa is paved by conflict of interest. Some politicians are tempted to pull out of the continent for fear of accusation of neo-colonialism, somewhat incompatible with President Hollande’s definition of the Francafrique. Others, looking forward to re-election, are more preoccupied […]

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