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Monday, 16 May 2011

Review of The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars

By Michael Kevane, Department of Economics,
Santa Clara University; Santa Clara, CA 95053

The bulk of the book covers the first and second civil wars, with a thorough review of the actors, parties, issues and strategies involved from the Torit mutiny of 1955 through the Machakos peace talks of 2002. This is Johnson's milieu and his writing is confident and informative. The reader is introduced to all the major players in the South, from Joseph Oduho to Joseph Lagu to Joseph Garang to Yusif Kuwa. That is just the Josephs. Abel Alier, Bona Malwal, Paulino Matip, Kerubino Bol, Riek Machar, and other leaders are given their day and due.

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