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The Resource Searching for Boko Haram : a history of violence in Central Africa, Scott MacEachern

Searching for Boko Haram : a history of violence in Central Africa, Scott MacEachern

Label
Searching for Boko Haram : a history of violence in Central Africa
Title
Searching for Boko Haram
Title remainder
a history of violence in Central Africa
Statement of responsibility
Scott MacEachern
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"For the past decade, Boko Haram has relentlessly terrorized northeastern Nigeria. Few if any explanations for the rise of this violent insurgent group look beyond its roots in worldwide jihadism and recent political conflicts in central Africa. Searching for Boko Haram is the first book to examine the insurgency within the context of centuries, millennia even, of cultural change in the region. The book surveys the deep history of the lands south of Lake Chad, richly documented in archaeology and texts, to show how ancient natural and cultural events can aid in our understanding of Boko Haram's present agenda. The land's historical narrative stretches back five centuries, with cultural origins that plunge even deeper into the past. One important feature of this past is the phenomenon of frontiers and borderlands. In striking ways, Boko Haram resembles the frontier slave raiders and warlords who figure in precolonial and colonial writings on the southern Lake Chad Basin. Presently, these accounts are paralleled by the activity of smugglers, bandits (coupeurs de route--"road cutters"), and tax evaders. The borderlands of these countries are today places where the state often refuses to exercise its full authority because of the profits and opportunities illicit relationships afford state officials and bureaucrats. For the local community, Boko Haram's actions are readily understandable in terms of slave raids and borderlands. They are not mysterious and unprecedented eruptions of violence and savagery, but--as the book argues--recognizable phenomena within the contexts of local politics and history. Written from the perspective of an author who has worked in this part of Africa for more than thirty years, Searching for Boko Haram provides vital historical context to the recent rise of this terroristic force, and counters misperceptions of their activities and of the region as a whole."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
IEN/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
MacEachern, Scott
Dewey number
363.32509669
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HV643.N62
LC item number
B657 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Boko Haram
  • Terrorist organizations
  • Terrorism
  • Insurgency
Label
Searching for Boko Haram : a history of violence in Central Africa, Scott MacEachern
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Deep time, modern consequences -- Frontiers : mountains and plains -- States, frontiers and enslavement -- Kalashnikovs, cell phones and motorcycles -- Placing Boko Haram -- Pasts, parallels and the future
Control code
ocn982092866
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vii, 233 pages
Isbn
9780190492526
Lccn
2017049317
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027879756
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780190492526
  • (OCoLC)982092866
Label
Searching for Boko Haram : a history of violence in Central Africa, Scott MacEachern
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Deep time, modern consequences -- Frontiers : mountains and plains -- States, frontiers and enslavement -- Kalashnikovs, cell phones and motorcycles -- Placing Boko Haram -- Pasts, parallels and the future
Control code
ocn982092866
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vii, 233 pages
Isbn
9780190492526
Lccn
2017049317
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027879756
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780190492526
  • (OCoLC)982092866

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