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Class And Power In Sudan: The Dynamics Of Sudanese Politics, 1898-1985
Class And Power In Sudan: The Dynamics Of Sudanese Politics, 1898-1985
By Tim Niblock
State University of New York Press, 1987, 370 pp

A splendid study of Sudan's political history in which developments since independence in 1956 are illuminated by searching inquiry into the period of the Anglo-Egyptian condominium. The author digs deeply into the economic and social forces behind the various currents of the nationalist movement and the changing political alignments. In spite of the record of political instability, economic failure and unceasing rebellion in the south, he remains strangely optimistic about the country's future. Readers interested in Sudan's international relations will be disappointed to find almost nothing on that subject.