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A Socialist Peace?: Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country

Mike McGovern


For the last twenty years, the West African nation of Guinea has exhibited all of the conditions that have led to civil wars in other countries, and Guineans themselves regularly talk about the inevitability of war. Yet the country has narrowly avoided conflict again and again. In A Socialist Peace?, Mike McGovern asks how this is possible, how a nation could beat the odds and evade civil war. Guinea is rich in resources, but its people are some of the poorest in the world. Its political situation is polarized by fiercely competitive ethnic groups. Weapons flow freely through its lands and acr ... More

Keywords: civil war, Guinea, Touré, socialism, ethnicity, coercion, peace, solidarity, stability, paradox

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226453576
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226453743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike McGovern, author
University of Michigan