Secessionism in African Politics: Aspiration, Grievance, Performance, Disenchantment

L. de Vries (Editor), Pierre Englebert (Editor), Mareike Schomerus (Editor)

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Secessionism perseveres as a complex political phenomenon in Africa, yet often a more in-depth analysis is overshadowed by the aspirational simplicity of pursuing a new state. Using historical and contemporary approaches, this edited volume offers the most exhaustive collection of empirical studies of African secessionism to date. The respected expert contributors put salient and lesser known cases into comparative perspective, covering Biafra, Katanga, Eritrea and South Sudan alongside Barotseland, Cabinda, and the Comoros, among others. Suggesting that African secessionism can be understood through the categories of aspiration, grievance, performance, and disenchantment, the book's analytical framework promises to be a building block for future studies of the topic.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783319902067
ISBN (Print)9783319902050
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies

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    de Vries, L., Englebert, P., & Schomerus, M. (Eds.) (2019). Secessionism in African Politics: Aspiration, Grievance, Performance, Disenchantment. (Palgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies). Palgrave Macmillan.