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Mask of Anarchy
By Stephen Ellis

The Mask of Anarchy

The Destruction of Liberia and the Religious Dimension of an African Civil War New edition

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Mask of Anarchy by Stephen Ellis

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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 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 Details

ISBN: 9780814722381
ISBN-10: 0814722385
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 141mm x 22mm)
Pages: 366
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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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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