Fighting for the rain forest: war, youth & resources in Sierra Leone

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The International African Institute in association with James Currey, 1996 - Business & Economics - 182 pages
Do small wars in Africa manifest a 'new barbarism'? What appears as random, anarchic violence is no such thing. The terrifying military methods of of Sierra Leone's soldiers may not fir conventional western models of warfare, but they are rational and effective nonetheless. The war must be understood partly as a 'performance', in which techniques of terror compensate for lack of equipment.BR> PAUL RICHARDS is Professor of Technology and Agrarian Development, Wageningen University Published in association with the International African Institute

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An interesting sociological study of Sierra Leone in the midst of its civil wars aiming to rebut the New Barbarism in Africa thesis by Kaplan. They are not reverting to savagery, as Malthus predicted ... Read full review

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PAUL RICHARDS is Professor of Anthropology, University College London, and Visiting Professor, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation, Wageningen.

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