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Conflict in Africa
Conflict in Africa
By Adda B. Bozeman
Princeton University Press, 1976, 403 pp

This extraordinary treatise wades in where others have feared to tread - in examining the workings of traditional African culture in the institutions and patterns of interaction that continue to operate today. The author romanticizes and perhaps exaggerates certain aspects of traditional culture, but the effect of her downright approach is bracing - provoking opposition and then rethinking. Her comparison between Occidental and African views of conflict and conciliation is interesting in regard to the profound differences which often perplex (and annoy) Western diplomats in international forums, including the African emphasis on personal, situational diplomacy and persuasion rather than on legal agreements, and the power - malevolent as well as healing - of words.