The mask of anarchy : the destruction of Liberia and the religious dimension of an African civil war (Book, 1999) [WorldCat.org]
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The mask of anarchy : the destruction of Liberia and the religious dimension of an African civil war

Author: Stephen Ellis
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Liberian civil war generated some of the most frightening news images of the recent past: camera crews and photographers recorded striking pictures of teenage boys, high on drugs, firing machine guns while dressed in masks or women's clothes. Men of the infamous "Butt Naked Brigade" fought street battles without the benefit of clothing. There were so many cases of gunmen eating their victims' hearts and other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ellis, Stephen, 1953-2015.
Mask of anarchy.
New York : New York University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)1195553185
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Ellis
ISBN: 0814722113 9780814722114 0814722199 9780814722190
OCLC Number: 41944572
Description: xix, 350 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: African wars --
pt. I.A Chronicle. 1. The First of the Warlords. 2. Lean and Hungry Years. 3. The Mechanics of War. 4. Business and Diplomacy --
pt. II. An Inquiry. 5. A Nation Long Forlorn. 6. Men and Devils. 7. False Prophets --
Annex A. Casualties of the Liberian war, 1989-97 --
Annex B. List of principal characters.
Responsibility: Stephen Ellis.
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"The Liberian civil war generated some of the most frightening news images of the recent past: camera crews and photographers recorded striking pictures of teenage boys, high on drugs, firing machine guns while dressed in masks or women's clothes. Men of the infamous "Butt Naked Brigade" fought street battles without the benefit of clothing. There were so many cases of gunmen eating their victims' hearts and other body parts that the Catholic Church had to issue a formal denunciation of the practice." "The Mask of Anarchy tells the story of the war, and explains why it unfolded in such dramatic fashion. The keys to understanding the fighters' behavior are to be found among the religious and cultural repertoires that once formed the core of rural Liberian life but which became deformed and abused in over a century of foreign settlement."--Jacket.

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