Over the past two decades, the situation in Africas largest country, Sudan, has progressively deteriorated the country is in second position on the Failed States Index, a war in Darfur has claimed hundreds of thousands of deaths, President Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court, a forthcoming referendum on independence for Southern Sudan threatens to split the country violently apart In this fascinating and immensely readable book, the Africa editor of the Economist gives an absorbing account of Sudans descent into failure and what some have called genocide Drawing on interviews with many of the main players, Richard Cockett explains how and why Sudan has disintegrated, looking in particular at the countrys complex relationship with the wider world He shows how the United States and Britain were initially complicit in Darfurbut also how a broad coalition of human rights activists, right wing Christians, and opponents of slavery succeeded in bringing the issues to prominence in the United States and creating an impetus for change at the highest level....
|Title||:||Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African State|
|Publisher||:||Yale University Press First Edition edition July 27, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||779 KB|
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Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African State Reviews
The information contained in this book is quite good. The historical timeline of the conflict spanning Sudan and Darfur are very thorough given the abbreviated length of the book. The downside is entirely stylistic. Consistency is an important piece of writing and this book lacks it almost entirely. The date format changes page by page and, more frustratingly, most acronyms are never, ever defined until the final chapters of the book. So you spend the majority of the reading not know what different acronyms stand for which information would be very helpful to correlate the Acronym named organization to the side it's fighting on. Very shocked to see Yale back a book with this lack of editorial clarity. But that seems to be what you get with major universities now.
Book tells the history of the war in this region. How Sudan came to this war is the most interesting part of the book and the rebal formation fighting against this goverment. Great for anyone want to understand this conflict.
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RC's dividend from his 5 years as Africa editor of 'The Economist' is an ambitious, challenging, well-structured and superbly written book about "what the hell went wrong with Sudan since independence". In 1956, its future looked promising, thanks to almost six decades of careful and intelligent institution building by a numerically small, but superbly-educated British caste of high-minded administrators. From Khartoum, and with minimal budgets, they made key decisions in transport (railways, river transport) and economic investment (e.g. the Gezira scheme), which at independence, had become clearly defined centres of activity, condemning the rest of Sudan to marginality, except for the population living along the Nile north of Khartoum, who overwhelmingly formed the local supervisory staff of these ventures.
This is an excellent history of Sudan. The title suggest that it is only about Darfur but that is not the case at all. This is a history of the whole of the Sudan. There is just as much about the civil war in the south as there is about Darfur. The book emphasises the fact that the cause of Sudan's problems is the failure of the elite in Khartoum to have any serious interest in developing the peripheries. And the "peripheries" means anywhere beyond the riverine heartland centred on Khartoum. The book covers all the big figures in post-1956 Sudanese history: Numayri, Bashir, Turabi and John Garang.
Just finished this book. I got it based on a review in the WSJ. I knew some of the history here, but this book gave a very thorough review of all the factors, factions, outside forces, and infighting that shaped this country and has led to ongoing internal strife. No easy solutions here. For anyone intersted in this region, this is the book to get and read.