African Histories and Modernities

The Origins of Ethnic Conflict in Africa

Politics and Violence in Darfur, Oromia, and the Tana Delta

Authors: Etefa, Tsega

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  • Offers a comparative study of three armed ethnic conflicts in three East African countries, in order to deepen our understanding of the political and transnational dimensions of ethnic conflict
  • Argues that poor political governance and misuse of power by elites, rather than resource competition, ethnic diversity, or climate change, are the most fundamental causes of internal ethnic conflict
  • Suggests political solutions to mitigate armed conflicts in Africa
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From Darfur to the Rwandan genocide, journalists, policymakers, and scholars have blamed armed conflicts in Africa on ancient hatreds or competition for resources. Here, Tsega Etefa compares three such cases—the Darfur conflict between Arabs and non-Arabs, the Gumuz and Oromo clashes in Western Oromia, and the Oromo-Pokomo conflict in the Tana Delta—in order to offer a fuller picture of how ethnic violence in Africa begins. Diverse communities in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya alike have long histories of peacefully sharing resources, intermarrying, and resolving disputes. As he argues, ethnic conflicts are fundamentally political conflicts, driven by non-inclusive political systems, the monopolization of state resources, and the manipulation of ethnicity for political gain, coupled with the lack of democratic mechanisms for redressing grievances.

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Tsega Etefa is Associate Professor of History and Africana and Latin American Studies at Colgate University, New York, USA.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Ethnicity as a Tool: The Root Causes of Ethnic Conflict in Africa—A Critical Introduction

    Etefa, Tsega

    Pages 1-27

  • From Inclusion to Exclusion: Marginalization Across Nations

    Etefa, Tsega

    Pages 29-55

  • Precursors to Violence: Neglect and Politics in Darfur, Oromia, and the Tana Delta

    Etefa, Tsega

    Pages 57-82

  • Across Borders: Local Governance and Regional Implications

    Etefa, Tsega

    Pages 83-108

  • When Neighbors Become Killers: From Murahaleen to Janjaweed in Darfur

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    Pages 109-133

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Origins of Ethnic Conflict in Africa
Book Subtitle
Politics and Violence in Darfur, Oromia, and the Tana Delta
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-10540-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-10540-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-10539-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 271
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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