The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars

November 2016
3 line illustrations
272 pages
21.6x14 cm
African Issues
Library eBook
James Currey
BISAC HIS001000, POL053000, HIS037000

The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars

Old Wars and New Wars [Expanded 3rd Edition]

Douglas H. Johnson

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Expanded third edition of this key text on the complex underlying conditions of the civil war from the 1960s to the present day, including a new chapter on the current wars in Sudan's new south and South Sudan.
Sudan's post-independence history has been dominated by political and civil strife. Most commentators have attributed the country's recurring civil war either to an age-old racial divide between Arabs and Africans, or to recent colonially constructed inequalities. This book attempts a more complex analysis, briefly examining the historical, political, economic and social factors which have contributed to periodic outbreaks of violence between the state and its peripheries. In tracing historical continuities, it outlines the essential differences between the modern Sudan's first civil war in the 1960s and today, including an analysis of the escalation of the Darfur war, implementation of the 2005 peace agreement and implications of the Southern referendum in 2011 and the new war in Sudan's new south and South Sudan. The author also looks at the series of minor civil wars generated by, and contained within, the major conflict, as well as the regional and international factors - including humanitarian aid - which have exacerbated civil violence. This introduction is aimed at students of North-East Africa, and of conflict and ethnicity. It will be essential reading for those in aid and international organizations who need a straightforward analytical survey which will help them assess the prospects for a lasting peace in Sudan.

Douglas H. Johnson is an independent scholar and former international expert on the Abyei Boundaries Commission.

Table of Contents

Preface to Expanded 3rd Edition
The Historical Structure of North-South Relations
British Overrule 1899-1947
Nationalism, Independence & the First Civil War 1942-72
The Addis Ababa Agreement & the Regional Governments 1972-83
The Beginning of the Second Civil War 1983-85 - Interlude
The Momentum of Liberation 1986-91
The SPLA Split: Surviving Factionalism
The Segmentation of SPLA- United & the Nuer Civil War
Multiple Civil Wars
The War Economy & the Politics of Relief
Comprehensive Peace or Temporary Truce?
Epilogue: War in Sudan's New South and New War in South Sudan


For readers interested in really engaging with the historical depth of the conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan, The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars by Douglas H Johnson should be required reading. AFRICA AT LSE BLOG

A third edition of what is rightly regarded as a classic work...useful for people who need a reliable and astute summary of war-related events. SUDAN STUDIES

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