Armed conflict represents a substantial part of African history since around 1960, yet this history is either insufficiently taught or overshadowed by negative stereotypes about African “tribal warfare.”
In an effort to introduce this vital topic to students and general readers alike, this one-volume encyclopedia provides concise historical information on conflicts that occurred in postcolonial Africa. The entries cover all the regions of Africa (North, West, Central, East, and Southern); the Cold War and post–Cold War periods; a range of important leaders; various types of conflicts from civil wars and insurgencies to conventional military engagements; involvement of foreign powers; and such themes as airpower, women and war, and genocide.
- Includes more than 150 entries on various individuals, events, movements, and organizations
- Presents further reading sources at the end of each entry in order to further aid readers in their study of the topic
- Offers a chronology of the events discussed throughout the encyclopedia
- Features contributions from key scholars in the fields of African history and military studies