Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror (New Approaches to African History #7) (Paperback)

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Foreign Intervention in Africa chronicles the foreign political and military interventions in Africa during the periods of decolonization (1956 1975) and the Cold War (1945 1991), as well as during the periods of state collapse (1991 2001) and the global war on terror (2001 2010). In the first two periods, the most significant intervention was extra-continental. The United States, the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and the former colonial powers entangled themselves in countless African conflicts. During the period of state collapse, the most consequential interventions were intra-continental. African governments, sometimes assisted by powers outside the continent, supported warlords, dictators, and dissident movements in neighboring countries and fought for control of their neighbors' resources. The global war on terror, like the Cold War, increased the foreign military presence on the African continent and generated external support for repressive governments. In each of these cases, external interests altered the dynamics of Africa's internal struggles, escalating local conflicts into larger conflagrations, with devastating effects on African peoples.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780521709033
ISBN-10: 0521709032
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: March 25th, 2013
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: New Approaches to African History