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Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa (Hardback)
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Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 15/03/2018
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This book provides much-needed historical context to the recent rise of Boko Haram, which has terrorised northeastern Nigeria through the last six years. It particularly examines the links between Boko Haram and borderland phenomena - especially slave-raiding, banditry, and smuggling - in this region during the last millennium.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190492526
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 496 g
Dimensions: 238 x 164 x 20 mm


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"In the present turbulent world, the focus that Scott MacEachern brings to 'frontiers, ' and to the long history of the 'extraordinary landscapes' which they cross in changing ways over 'deep time, ' is deeply informative about the Lake Chad Basin and Boko Haram, while also offering a rich example of the kind of empirical study to be undertaken elsewhere in the world."--Jane Guyer, Johns Hopkins University


"Drawing upon his deep expertise and extensive fieldwork along the Nigeria-Cameroon frontier, Scott MacEachern takes a fresh and innovative look at Boko Haram: one of the world's deadliest terrorist groups. Through a finely-tuned historical and cultural lens, MacEachern skillfully contextualizes the emergence of Boko Haram. In doing so, he adds a long-awaited foundational layer to our understanding of a group that continues to grab global headlines."--Matthew T. Page, author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know


"Usually archaeologists write about a remote past with few links to the present. But in the case of Boko Haram in North Nigeria, Scott MacEachern shows how a problem of our times, violent extremism, is better understood through its deep roots in not only the history, but also the prehistory of the south Chad basin, the border area between Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad. The long-term ecological and political processes of these frontier lands resonate in the dynamics of this jihadist movement, and the distant past offers surprising insights into the present. Written with refreshing clarity and an intense personal engagement, this book offers a crucial analysis of the role of frontier areas in jihadism."--Walter E. A. van Beek, University of Leiden




"[E]xceptional..."--Foreign Affairs


"In the present turbulent world, the focus that Scott MacEachern brings to 'frontiers, ' and to the long history of the 'extraordinary landscapes' which they cross in changing ways over 'deep time, ' is deeply informative about the Lake Chad Basin and Boko Haram, while also offering a rich example of the kind of empirical study to be undertaken elsewhere in the world."--Jane Guyer, Johns Hopkins University


"Drawing upon his deep expertise and extensive fieldwork along the Nigeria-Cameroon frontier, Scott MacEachern takes a fresh and innovative look at Boko Haram: one of the world's deadliest terrorist groups. Through a finely-tuned historical and cultural lens, MacEachern skillfully contextualizes the emergence of Boko Haram. In doing so, he adds a long-awaited foundational layer to our understanding of a group that continues to grab global headlines."--Matthew T. Page, author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know


"Usually archaeologists write about a remote past with few links to the present. But in the case of Boko Haram in North Nigeria, Scott MacEachern shows how a problem of our times, violent extremism, is better understood through its deep roots in not only the history, but also the prehistory of the south Chad basin, the border area between Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad. The long-term ecological and political processes of these frontier lands resonate in the dynamics of this jihadist movement, and the distant past offers surprising insights into the present. Written with refreshing clarity and an intense personal engagement, this book offers a crucial analysis of the role of frontier areas in jihadism."--Walter E. A. van Beek, University of Leiden




"[E]xceptional....Offer[s] significant new insights into the rise of jihadist violence in Africa."--Foreign Affairs


"In the present turbulent world, the focus that Scott MacEachern brings to 'frontiers, ' and to the long history of the 'extraordinary landscapes' which they cross in changing ways over 'deep time, ' is deeply informative about the Lake Chad Basin and Boko Haram, while also offering a rich example of the kind of empirical study to be undertaken elsewhere in the world."--Jane Guyer, Johns Hopkins University


"Drawing upon his deep expertise and extensive fieldwork along the Nigeria-Cameroon frontier, Scott MacEachern takes a fresh and innovative look at Boko Haram: one of the world's deadliest terrorist groups. Through a finely-tuned historical and cultural lens, MacEachern skillfully contextualizes the emergence of Boko Haram. In doing so, he adds a long-awaited foundational layer to our understanding of a group that continues to grab global headlines."--Matthew T. Page, author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know


"Usually archaeologists write about a remote past with few links to the present. But in the case of Boko Haram in North Nigeria, Scott MacEachern shows how a problem of our times, violent extremism, is better understood through its deep roots in not only the history, but also the prehistory of the south Chad basin, the border area between Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad. The long-term ecological and political processes of these frontier lands resonate in the dynamics of this jihadist movement, and the distant past offers surprising insights into the present. Written with refreshing clarity and an intense personal engagement, this book offers a crucial analysis of the role of frontier areas in jihadism."--Walter E. A. van Beek, University of Leiden




"MacEachern's work will be useful for specialists in a variety of fields."--Publisher's Weekly


"[E]xceptional....Offer[s] significant new insights into the rise of jihadist violence in Africa."--Foreign Affairs


"In the present turbulent world, the focus that Scott MacEachern brings to 'frontiers, ' and to the long history of the 'extraordinary landscapes' which they cross in changing ways over 'deep time, ' is deeply informative about the Lake Chad Basin and Boko Haram, while also offering a rich example of the kind of empirical study to be undertaken elsewhere in the world."--Jane Guyer, Johns Hopkins University


"Drawing upon his deep expertise and extensive fieldwork along the Nigeria-Cameroon frontier, Scott MacEachern takes a fresh and innovative look at Boko Haram: one of the world's deadliest terrorist groups. Through a finely-tuned historical and cultural lens, MacEachern skillfully contextualizes the emergence of Boko Haram. In doing so, he adds a long-awaited foundational layer to our understanding of a group that continues to grab global headlines."--Matthew T. Page, author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know


"Usually archaeologists write about a remote past with few links to the present. But in the case of Boko Haram in North Nigeria, Scott MacEachern shows how a problem of our times, violent extremism, is better understood through its deep roots in not only the history, but also the prehistory of the south Chad basin, the border area between Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad. The long-term ecological and political processes of these frontier lands resonate in the dynamics of this jihadist movement, and the distant past offers surprising insights into the present. Written with refreshing clarity and an intense personal engagement, this book offers a crucial analysis of the role of frontier areas in jihadism."--Walter E. A. van Beek, University of Leiden


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