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Foreign Military Intervention In Africa
Foreign Military Intervention In Africa
By Keith Somerville
Pinter/New York: St. Martin's, 1990, 205 pp

This book surveys inter-African conflicts in the postcolonial period and the interventions they have invited from external powers, notably France, Cuba, the U.S.S.R. and Libya, although South African, Israeli, Chinese, American and British involvements are also mentioned. The author, an experienced British journalist with no conspicuous axes to grind, packs a mass of informative detail into his treatment of the subject but offers mainly familiar explanations: colonial legacies and state fragility on the African side and economic, strategic and political ambitions on the part of the interventionists.