Ethnic or racial classifications often say more about culture and
shared experience than about genetics or common ancestry. In
Africa, a continent where up to 3,000 languages are spoken,
ethnicity can be especially difficult to define. Unfortunately,
perceived ethnic differences have all too often produced tragic
results. This book analyzes the role of ethnicity in contemporary
African politics and governance. It examines the corrosive legacy
of the slave trade and European colonization, details some of the
bloody conflicts that have erupted from ethnic frictions, and
describes how divisions that appear to be ethnically based often
have more to do with class and religion. The book also explores the
possibility of a united Africa, able to harness its diversity
rather than fight over its differences.
Mason Crest Publishers
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