n African Security Review - Africa's armies. From honour to infamy, A history from 1791 to the present, Robert B. Edgerton : book review

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... AFRICA'S ARMIES From honour to infamy, A history from 1791 to the present Westview, 2002 This review of African armies offers an interesting history as well as some comments on the future role of armed forces. While certainly not a comprehensive survey, it offers a wide enough view for an understanding of the trends and traditions that have shaped the military forces known today in mainly sub- Saharan Africa. The author's focus on this particular region is explained thus: "nowhere in the world have military dictatorships been more widespread or socially destructive then in sub-Saharan Africa." The pre-colonial period ..

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