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A History of Modern Sudan


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1. The making of modern Sudan: the nineteenth century; 2. The Anglo-Egyptian condominium; 3. Parliamentary and military experiments in government, 1956-1969; 4. The government of Ja'afar Numayri: the heroic years, 1969-1976; 5. The government of Ja'Afar Numayri: the years of dismay and disintegration, 1976-1985; 6. The TMC and third parliamentary government; 7. The Islamist revolution: the Turabi years, 1989-1996; 8. The Bashir years: beleaguered and defiant; 9. War and peace in the southern Sudan; 10. Disaster in Darfur; Epilogue.

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Chronological account of Sudan's history from 1821 to the present, showing how ethnic divisions and failed leadership have sustained conflicts.

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Robert O. Collins is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His recent publications include Civil Wars and Revolution in the Sudan: Essays on the Sudan, Southern Sudan and Darfur, 1962-2004 (2005), Darfur: The Long Road to Disaster (2006) and A History of Sub-Saharan Africa (with James M. Burns, 2007).


'Robert Collins has drawn deeply on his half century of research on, and intimate knowledge of, Sudan to write a gripping account of what has been for much of this book a tragic history. At a time when Sudan's future is more uncertain than ever- with the peace agreement with the south under strain and new conflict in Darfur- there could be no more revealing account of the making of this situation. Academics, practitioners and the general public will all find enlightenment here.' Peter Woodward, University of Reading 'Collins, one of the grand masters of Sudanese history, provides a remarkable portrait of modern Sudan that is both an encyclopedic reference aid and a clear presentation of the main themes of modern Sudanese history. The analysis is sometimes controversial and always helpful and informative. In his characteristic style, Collins provides both the big picture and the necessary supporting details in this book that will be of great help to specialists and non-specialists alike, and should be required reading for policy makers dealing with Sudan.' John Voll, Georgetown University

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