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      Warlords and militarism in Chad

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            After considering the inadequacies of the prevailing concern in African studies with violence and the collapse of the postcolonial state, the authors argue that the uses made of concepts of ‘militarism’ and ‘militarisation’ are equally confused and inadequate, particularly in explaining recent Chad history. They suggest an alternative approach, the elaboration of the warlord model used to discuss Chinese history between 1916 and 1928. They argue that there are striking parallels between the China of that time and Chad from the late seventies in the form of the collapse of central control, the rise of regional centres of power based on personalised rule and military force, and the consequent prevalence of a politics of conflict and war.

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            Journal
            crea20
            CREA
            Review of African Political Economy
            Review of African Political Economy
            0305-6244
            1740-1720
            1989
            : 16
            : 45-46
            : 12-25
            Affiliations
            a Glawgow College of Technology
            b member of Coventry Poltechnic
            Article
            8703822 Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 16, No. 45-46, 1889, pp. 12-25
            10.1080/03056248908703822
            b7190fdd-45f1-4c18-97eb-3b46eaa76e0a

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            Figures: 0, Tables: 0, References: 44, Pages: 14
            Categories
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            Sociology,Economic development,Political science,Labor & Demographic economics,Political economics,Africa

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