Darfur: A Short History of a Long War

Darfur: A Short History of a Long War

Paperback African Arguments

By (author) Julie Flint, By (author) Alexander De Waal

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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 193mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 23 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1842779508
  • ISBN 13: 9781842779507
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 279,534

Product description

"Darfur: A Short History of a Long War" is the definitive guide to the conflict. The book provides a short history of the region, and traces the origins, organization and ideology of the infamous Janjawiid and other rebel groups, including the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement. It also analyses the confused responses of the Sudanese government and African Union. This new, thoroughly updated edition also features a powerful analysis of how the conflict has been received in the international community, the halting peace talks and attempts at peacekeeping.

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Author information

Alex de Waal is a writer and activist on African issues. He is a fellow of the Global Equity Initiative, Harvard; Director of the Social Science Research Council program on AIDS and social transformation; and a Director of Justice Africa in London. His books include Famine that Kills: Darfur Sudan (2004), Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa (1997) and Islamism and Its Enemies in the Horn of Africa (2004). Julie Flint is a journalist and film-maker. She divides her time between London and the Middle East. She has worked on from Colombia to China and has won several awards. She has been writing about Sudan since 1992, initially as Horn of Africa correspondent for The Guardian and later as a freelance with a special interest in human rights. Her work includes the BBC film Sudan's Secret War (1995) and The Scorched Earth (2000) and Darfur Destroyed (2004).

Review quote

"The best introduction...their accounts are as readable as they are tragic."--Nicholas D. Kristof in "The New York Review of Books" "This brilliant book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of Darfur and how the very name became synonymous with suffering." --Mia Farrow 'Alex de Waal and Julie Flint have written the definitive history of the Darfur conflict. Very detailed and thoroughly documented from first hand sources, the book will quickly become a classic and will correct some of the outside misperceptions of who did what to whom and why. They have written a balanced account of a very disturbing story, made more confused by government and rebel propaganda, by letting participants and eyewitness observers tell their stories.' - Andrew Natsios, Former Administrator of USAID and US Special Envoy to Sudan 'This is among the best works available on the current Darfur crisis. For a blow by blow account of developments, there is none better.' - Mahmood Mamdani, University of Columbia

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Maps Preface to the Second Edition Preface 1. The People of Darfur 2. The Sudan Government 3. The Janjawiid 4. The Rebels 5. The War 6. The Peace Talks 7. International Policy, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Crisis