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Making and Unmaking Nations : War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa / Scott Straus.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: DT352.8 .S76 2015

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    In Making and Unmaking Nations, Scott Straus seeks to explain why and how genocide takes place--and, perhaps more important, how it has been avoided in places where it may have seemed likely or even inevitable. To solve that puzzle, he examines postcolonial Africa, analyzing countries in which genocide occurred and where it could have but did not. Why have there not been other Rwandas-- Straus finds that deep-rooted ideologies--how leaders make their nations--shape strategies of violence and are central to what leads to or away from genocide. Other critical factors include the dynamics of war, the role of restraint, and the interaction between national and local actors in the staging of campaigns of large-scale violence. Grounded in Straus's extensive fieldwork in contemporary Africa, the study of major twentieth-century cases of genocide, and the literature on genocide and political violence, Making and Unmaking Nations centers on cogent analyses of three nongenocide cases (Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal) and two in which genocide took place (Rwanda and Sudan). Straus's empirical analysis is based in part on an original database of presidential speeches from 1960 to 2005. The book also includes a broad-gauge analysis of all major cases of large-scale violence in Africa since decolonization. Straus's insights into the causes of genocide will inform the study of political violence as well as giving policymakers and nongovernmental organizations valuable tools for the future. --provided by publisher.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Straus, Scott, 1970- author.
    Published
    Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2015
    Locale
    Africa, Sub-Saharan
    Sub-Saharan Africa
    Afrika
    Afrique noire
    Afrique subsaharienne
    Contents
    Introduction : the puzzle of genocide
    The concept and logic of genocide
    Escalation and restraint
    A theory of genocide
    Mass categorical violence in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1960-2008
    Retreating from the brink in Côte d'Ivoire
    The politics of dialogue in Mali
    Pluralism and accommodation in Senegal
    Endangered Arab-Islamic nationalism in Sudan
    Fighting for the Hutu revolution in Rwanda
    Conclusion : making nations and preventing their unmaking.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-378) and index.
    Introduction : the puzzle of genocide -- The concept and logic of genocide -- Escalation and restraint -- A theory of genocide -- Mass categorical violence in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1960-2008 -- Retreating from the brink in Côte d'Ivoire -- The politics of dialogue in Mali -- Pluralism and accommodation in Senegal -- Endangered Arab-Islamic nationalism in Sudan -- Fighting for the Hutu revolution in Rwanda -- Conclusion : making nations and preventing their unmaking.

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    English
    ISBN
    9780801453328
    0801453321
    9780801479687
    0801479681
    Physical Description
    xiii, 386 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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