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African Guerrillas
African Guerrillas
Edited by Christopher Clapham
Indiana University Press, 1998, 224 pp

This admirable collection looks at ten cases of armed insurgency in a swath across Africa, from Liberia and Sierra Leone to Sudan and Somalia. Two chapters focus on Uganda, two on Eritrean and Tigrayan movements, and two on the Rwandan conflict and its spillover into the former Zaire. The authors propose a broad typology of insurgencies and analyze each case with respect to its social roots, leadership, organization, ideology (if any), and international linkages. In a few cases, authors speculate about how the character of a modern insurgent movement may reflect precolonial modes of warfare. An excellent contribution to the comparative analysis of what often seems a grab bag of chaotic conflicts.