Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa (Hardback)
  • Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa (Hardback)
zoom

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

(author)
£21.99
Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 15/03/2018
  • In stock online
  • Free UK delivery

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
This book places the insurgent group Boko Haram, which has terrorised northeastern Nigeria through the last six years, in an historical and cultural context. It examines cultural changes in the lands south of Lake Chad through deep time, showing how these ancient processes can help us think about Boko Haram's activities in the present. The archaeological and documentary record for this area is unusually rich for sub-Saharan Africa, and allows us to understand Boko Haram within an historical narrative that stretches back directly five centuries, with cultural origins that stretch even deeper into the past. One important way to understand Boko Haram is as a frontier phenomenon, the most recent manifestation of processes of horrific violence, identity production and wealth creation that have been part of political relationships in this area of Central Africa through the last millennium. In striking ways, Boko Haram resembles the slave-raiders and warlords who figure in precolonial and colonial writings about the southern Lake Chad Basin. In modern times, these accounts are paralleled by the activities of smugglers, bandits (coupeurs de route, 'road cutters') and tax evaders, illegal actors who stand in complex relationships to the governments of modern African nation-states. The borderlands of these states are often places where the state refuses to exercise its full authority, because of the profits and opportunities that illegal and semi-legal activities afford, among others to state officials and bureaucrats. For local people, Boko Haram's actions are thus to a great extent understood in terms of slave-raids and borderlands. Those actions are not some mysterious, unprecedented eruption of violence and savagery: they can be understood within local contexts of politics and history. This book is written to counter exoticised portrayals of Boko Haram's activities, and of the region as a whole.

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


MEDIA REVIEWS

"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


You may also be interested in...

Congo
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Waugh in Abyssinia
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Cleopatra
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Added to basket
The Emperor
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Another Day of Life
Added to basket
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
Added to basket
The Boer War
Added to basket
£15.99
Paperback
The Egyptian Myths
Added to basket
Operation Mayhem
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Shadow of the Sun
Added to basket
Colour Bar
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
A History of Ancient Egypt
Added to basket
Conversations With Myself
Added to basket
King Leopold's Ghost
Added to basket
Zulu
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.