Violence and history : a response to Thandika Mkandawire

TitleViolence and history : a response to Thandika Mkandawire
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsS.D.K. Ellis
Secondary TitleThe journal of modern African studies : a quarterly survey of politics, economics and related topics in contemporary Africa
Pagination457 - 475
Date Published2003///
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrica, African studies, civil war, history, rebellions, violence

This article is a repsonse to Thandika Mkandawire's article on violence against the African peasantry in Journal of Modern African Studies, vol. 40, no. 2 (2002). In this article, Mkandawire takes exception to suggestions by the author concerning the antecedents of the 1990s civil war in Liberia, describing his views as 'essentialist' and 'poorly veiled racist'. The author argues that these tags are inaccurate. He suggests that the method he has used to analyse the violence of the Liberian civil war could be usefully applied to any violent situation in any part of the world. Accordingly, he first considers Mkandawire's suggestion as to why particular forms of violence occur in African wars, explaining why it is generally unsatisfactory, after which he considers an alternative method for examining the question of large-scale violence in Africa. Bibliogr., notes. (Rejoinder by Mkandawire, p. 477-483.) [ASC Leiden abstract]

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