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Why Europe intervenes in Africa : security, prestige and the legacy of colonialism

Author: Catherine Gegout
Publisher: London : Hurst & Company, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why Europe Intervenes in Africa analyses the underlying causes of all European decisions for and against military interventions in conflicts in African states since the late 1980s. It focuses on the main European actors who have deployed troops in Africa: France, the United Kingdom and the European Union. When conflict occurs in Africa, the response of European actors is generally inaction. This can be explained in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Gegout
ISBN: 9781849046930 184904693X 9780190845162 0190845163
OCLC Number: 1016898995
Description: xiii, 400 pages : illustrations, map, charts ; 23 cm
Contents: A Theory of European Military Intervention --
Historical Background --
Actors in Military Intervention: A Global Perspective --
The Persistence of the French Pré Carré --
The United Kingdom: The Colonial Legacy, and International Prestige --
The European Union: Indifference, Security and Economic Interests, Prestige --
European Intervention in Africa: the Past and the Future --
Appendix: Situating 'Why Europe Intervenes in Africa' in the Literature.
Responsibility: Catherine Gegout.

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Gegout's book offers a sharp rebuke to those who believe that altruism is the guiding principle of Western intervention in Africa.  Read more...

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