New Histories of New Nations: South Sudan and Sudanese history

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This article reviews five recently published books on the history of South Sudan and the Sudan. Nicki Kindersley identifies common aims of the books including: to bind the Sudans into their geographical and intellectual context; to illuminate histories previously hidden by a common but limited research focus on Sudans’ states and wars; and to reexamine methods and sources, particularly in the search for histories beyond elites and central state politics.

Nicki Kindersley reviewed the following books:

A History of South Sudan: From Slavery to Independence
By Øystein H. Rolandsen & M.W. Daly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Anti-Colonial Resistance in Sudan
By Elena Vezzadini. Oxford: James Currey, 2015.
Darfur: Colonial violence, sultanic legacies and local politics 1916–56
By Chris Vaughan. Oxford: James Currey, 2015.
South Sudan: A New History for a New Nation
By Douglas H. Johnson. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2016.
Civil Uprisings in Modern Sudan
By W.J. Berridge. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.
Breaking Sudan: The Search for Peace
By Jok Madut Jok. London: Oneworld, 2017.

Nicki Kindersley

Dr Kindersley is the Harry F Guggenheim Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, and a consulting researcher with the Rift Valley Institute. She works on contemporary histories of migration, education, and mobilisation in South Sudan and its borderlands. She runs several projects with the Universities of Juba and Khartoum, and has recently published research on the rule of law in Juba, current security sector reforms in South Sudan, and on civilian targeting.

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