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Sierra Leone : a political history

Author: David Harris
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
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"Sierra Leone came to world attention in the 1990s when a catastrophic civil war linked to the diamond trade was reported globally. This fleeting and particular interest, however, obscured two crucial processes in this small West African state. On the one hand, while the civil war was momentous, brutal and affected all Sierra Leoneans, it was also just one element in the long and faltering attempt to build a nation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Harris, David (David John), 1963-
Sierra Leone
(DLC) 2014004389
(OCoLC)858660102
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Harris
ISBN: 9780190237943 0190237945
OCLC Number: 889812827
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 232 pages)
Contents: The rise and wane of Krio dominance, 1787/1951 --
Key players in a deceptively quiet decolonisation, 1951/1961 --
Immediate and severe challenges: democracy and coups, 1961/1968 --
The choices of Siaka Stevens: violence, patronage and the one-party state, 1968/1991 --
Civil war and the incendiary debates over its provenance, 1991/1996 --
The escalation and ending of the civil war, 1996/2002 --
The post-conflict dispensation: plus ça change? 2002/2007 --
Political shifts in Sierra Leone: elections, liberal reform, society and the new mutlipolar world, 2007/2012.
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"Sierra Leone came to world attention in the 1990s when a catastrophic civil war linked to the diamond trade was reported globally. This fleeting and particular interest, however, obscured two crucial processes in this small West African state. On the one hand, while the civil war was momentous, brutal and affected all Sierra Leoneans, it was also just one element in the long and faltering attempt to build a nation and state given the country's immensely problematic pre-colonial and British colonial legacies. On the other, the aftermath of the war precipitated a huge international effort to construct a 'liberal peace', with mixed results, and thus made Sierra Leone a laboratory for post-Cold War interventions. Sierra Leone examines 225 years of its history and fifty years of independence, placing state- society relations at the centre of an original and revealing investigation of those who have tried to rule or change Sierra Leone and its inhabitants and the responses engendered. It interweaves the historical narrative with sketches of politicians, anecdotes, the landscape and environment and key turning-points, alongside theoretical and other comparisons with the rest of Africa. It is a new contribution to the debate for those who already know Sierra Leone and a solid point of entry for those who wish to know."--Publisher's description.

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