The Mask of Anarchy
The Destruction of Liberia and the Religious Dimension of an African Civil War New edition
By (author) Stephen Ellis
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Mask of Anarchy by Stephen Ellis
Book DescriptionLiberia 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 new preface by the author, Ellis provides a current picture of Liberia and details how much of the same problems still exist.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814722381
(216mm x 141mm x 22mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephen Ellis
This Present Darkness, Hardback (April 2016)
Traces the origins of Nigerian organised crime, going back to the final years of colonial rule
External Mission, Paperback (March 2015)
Award-winning book looking at the complicated history of the ANC.
Rising of the Red Shawls, Paperback (May 2014)View all books by Stephen Ellis
Originally published in 1985, this book examines the rising of the menalamba, the Red Shawls, against French colonial rule in Madagascar in the 1890s.
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Author Biography - Stephen Ellis
Stephen Ellis is a senior researcher at the Afrika-Studiecentrum, Leiden University and co-editor of African Affairs.
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