Country That Does Not Exist: History of Somaliland

Country That Does Not Exist: History of Somaliland

ISBN: 9781787382039

Author: Gerard-Prunier

Format: Hardback

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The Somali people are fiercely nationalistic. Colonialism split them into five segments divided between four different powers. Thus decolonisation and pan-Somalism became synonymous. In 1960 a partial reunification took place between British Somaliland and Somalia Italiana. 'Africa Confidential' wrote at the time that the new Somali state would never be beset by tribal division but this discounted the existence of powerful clans within Somali society and the persistence of colonial administrative cultures. The collapse of parliamentary democracy in 1969 and the resulting army-and clanic- dictatorship that followed led to a civil war in the `perfect' national state. It lasted fourteen years in the `British' North and is still raging today in the `Italian' South. Somaliland `re-birthed' itself through an enormous solo effort but the viable nation so recreated within its former colonial borders was never internationally recognised and still struggles to exist economically and diplomatically. This book recounts an African success story where the peace so widely acclaimed by the international community has had no reward but its own lonely achievement.

Book Title: Country That Does Not Exist: History of Somaliland
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: December 2019
ISBN: 9781787382039
Author: Gerard-Prunier
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Gerard Prunier is a renowned historian of contemporary Africa, author of, inter alia, the acclaimed 'The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide' and editor of 'Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia', both published by Hurst.

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