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Author McGovern, Mike, author.

Title A socialist peace? : explaining the absence of war in an African country / Mike McGovern.

Publication Info. Chicago, IL ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  966.52051 M177s 2017    ---  Available
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Description xxi, 249 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-238) and index.
Contents Explaining the Absence of War -- Part I: Resentment -- "Those Who Eat Monkey Will Never Rule over Us" -- Interlude: Palm Wine and Ethnic Cleansing -- Articulating Betrayal -- Part II: War Averted? -- An Exceptional Case: The Killings in Nuvanuita -- Part III: Afterlives -- The Rhetoric of Counterinsurgency -- The Symbolic Death of Sékou Touré -- Interlude: Ga li? -- The Cinquantenaire and the Dadis Show -- Conclusion.
Summary For the last twenty years, the West African nation of Guinea has exhibited all the characteristics that have correlated with civil wars in other countries, and Guineans themselves regularly talk about the inevitability of war tearing their country apart. Yet the country has narrowly avoided civil conflict again and again. Mike McGovern asks how this was possible, how a nation could beat the odds and evade civil war. All six of Guinea's neighbors have experienced civil war or separatist insurgency in the past twenty years. Guinea itself has similar makings for it. It is rich in resources, yet its people are some of the poorest in the world. Its political situation is polarized by fiercely competitive ethnic groups. Weapons flow freely through its lands and across its borders. And, finally, it is still recovering from the oppressive regime of Sekou Toure. Yet it is that aspect which McGovern points to: while Toure's reign was hardly peaceful, it was successful often through highly coercive and violent measures at establishing a set of durable national dispositions, which have kept the nation at peace. Exploring the ambivalences of contemporary Guineans toward the afterlife of Tour's reign as well as their abiding sense of socialist solidarity, McGovern sketches the paradoxes that can undergird political stability.
Subject Guinea -- Politics and government -- 1958-1984.
Political stability -- Guinea.
Political stability. (OCoLC)fst01069883
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Guinea. (OCoLC)fst01206005
Chronological Term 1958-1984
ISBN 9780226453576 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
022645357X (cloth ; alkaline paper)
9780226453606 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
022645360X (paperback ; alkaline paper)
9780226453743 (e-book)
Standard No. 40027280550

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