Modern African Conflicts
An Encyclopedia of Civil Wars, Revolutions, and Terrorism
by Timothy J. Stapleton, Editor
June 2022, 401pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6969-3
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Since most African countries gained independence in the 1960s, the continent has been the scene of many armed conflicts that are not well known among general readers.

An essential resource for students or general readers interested in post-colonial Africa, this encyclopedia provides coverage of different regions, countries, wars, battles, factions, leaders, and foreign powers.

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
Timothy J. Stapleton is professor of African history at the University of Calgary and has taught at Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. His published works include Maqoma: Xhosa Resistance to Colonial Advance 1798–1873; No Insignificant Part: The Rhodesia Native Regiment and the East Africa Campaign of the First World War; African Police and Soldiers in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1923–80; and Praeger's A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid.
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