Mask of Anarchy The Destruction of Liberia and the Religious Dimension of an African Civil War

ISBN-10: 0814722385

ISBN-13: 9780814722381

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Stephen Ellis

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"Outstanding. . . . A model of lucid writing, thorough research, and penetrating interpretation, this is one of the best books on Africa in recent years." -- "Foreign Affairs" "No other available account of the civil war is as concise, accurate, or lucid." -- "Christian Scholar's Review" "Cogently argued and supported by a wealth of observation" -- "Times Literary Supplement" By far and away the best on the Liberian civil war. It is difficult to praise it too highly: lucid yet avoiding over-simplification, and entirely free of cant or ideological preconceptions, it is a model of its kind. -- "The Sunday Telegraph" "Ellis has written a very honest and brave book about a ghastly human experience which has, one learns, much less to do with the primordial past than about the future." -- "Ecclesiastical History" a well-researched and carefully told story of the waran account of the war as the Liberians experienced it. -- "Books & Culture" Liberia has been one of Africa's most violent trouble spots. In 1990, when thousands of teenage fighters, including young men wearing women's clothing and bizarre objects of decoration, laid siege to the capital, the world took notice. Since then Liberia has been through devastating civil upheaval. What began as a civil conflict, has spread to other West African nations. Eschewing popular stereotypes and simple explanations, Stephen Ellis traces the history of the civil war that has blighted Liberia in recent years and looks at its political, ethnic and cultural roots. He focuses on the role religion and ritual have played in shaping and intensifying this brutal war. In this edition, with a newpreface by the author, Ellis provides a current picture of Liberia and details how much of the same problems still exist.
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List price: $27.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 366
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

Introduction: African wars
A death in the night
War and barbarism
A Chronicle
The First of the Warlords
A frontier society
Government, trade and politics
Chairman Doe
Quiwonkpa's legacy: the NPFL
Lean and Hungry Years
The Nimba County campaign
Splits in the NPFL
Greater and Lesser Liberia
New factions
Monrovia, 1996: the final battle
The Mechanics of War
Punishing Monrovia
The profit motive
Factions as political organisations
Military organisations and civilian life
Business and Diplomacy
The West African balance of power
The game of nations
Markets and rackets
Colonies and non-colonies
An Inquiry
A Nation Long Forlorn
Settlers and others
The politics of stateless societies
Liberian administration
The Liberian state
Men and Devils
Poro business is eating business
Secret societies under Liberian administration
The political assimilation of religious ritual
Ritual killing and modern politics
War, power and the spiritual order
The psychology of transformation
False Prophets
A conflict of generations
Culture and imagination
Some implications for the wider world
The family tree
Casualties of the Liberian war, 1989-97
List of principal characters
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