Sudan's modern history has been consumed by revolution and civil war. The country attracted international attention in the 1990s as a breeding ground of Islamist terrorism and recently tensions between the prosperous centre and the periphery, between north and south, have exploded in Darfur. In his latest book, Robert Collins, a frequent visitor and veteran scholar of the region, traces Sudan's history across two hundred years to show how many of the tragedies of today have been planted in its past. The story begins with the conquest of Muhammad 'Ali in 1821, and moves through the Anglo-Egyptian condominium to independence in 1956. It then focuses on Sudanese rule in the post-independence years when the fragile democracy established by the British collapsed under sectarian strife. It is these religious and ethnic divides, the author contends, in conjunction with failed leadership, which have prolonged and sustained the conflict in Sudan.
Robert O. Collins is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His recent publications include Civil Wars and Revolution in the Sudan: Essays on the Sudan, Southern Sudan and Darfur, 1962-2004 (2005), Darfur: The Long Road to Disaster (2006) and A History of Sub-Saharan Africa (with James M. Burns, 2007).
1. The making of modern Sudan: the nineteenth century; 2. The Anglo-Egyptian condominium; 3. Parliamentary and military experiments in government, 1956-1969; 4. The government of Ja'afar Numayri: the heroic years, 1969-1976; 5. The government of Ja'Afar Numayri: the years of dismay and disintegration, 1976-1985; 6. The TMC and third parliamentary government; 7. The Islamist revolution: the Turabi years, 1989-1996; 8. The Bashir years: beleaguered and defiant; 9. War and peace in the southern Sudan; 10. Disaster in Darfur; Epilogue.
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