"Africa's Armies" traces the military history of sub-Saharan Africa from the pre-colonial era to the present. Robert Edgerton begins this sweeping chronicle by describing the role of African armies in pre-colonial times, when armed forces or militias were essential to the maintenance and prosperity of their societies. During the colonial era, African soldiers fought with death-defying courage, earning such respect as warriors that they were often recruited into the colonial armies not simply to enforce colonial rule in Africa, but to fight for the European homelands as well. After independence swept through Africa, African military men seized political power in country after country, ruling dictatorially for their own benefit and for that of their kinsmen and cronies. The author describes the post-colonial civil wars that have devastated much of sub-Saharan Africa - catastrophes marked by genocide, famine, disease, economic collapse, and steadily declining life expectancy. He closes by describing the role that Africa's military forces can and must play if the future is to bring better times to the continent's many peoples.
"This is a deeply disturbing book, precisely because of its author's broad knowledge of, and deep sympathy for, sub-Saharan Africa."
|Traditional Africa Before the Colonial Era||p. 1|
|African Resistance to Colonial Conquest||p. 21|
|Armed Rebellions Against Colonial Power||p. 63|
|Civil Wars||p. 99|
|Military Coups and Government Corruption||p. 141|
|Rwanda, Burundi, and Genocide||p. 183|
|Africa Today and Tomorrow||p. 221|
|Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.|
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.8 x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1