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By Elizabeth Schmidt

Overseas Intervention in Africa chronicles the international political and armed forces interventions in Africa throughout the classes of decolonization (1956-1975) and the chilly warfare (1945-1991), in addition to throughout the sessions of nation cave in (1991-2001) and the "global warfare on terror" (2001-2010). within the first classes, the main major intervention was once extra-continental. the USA, the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and the previous colonial powers entangled themselves in numerous African conflicts. in the course of the interval of country cave in, the main consequential interventions have been intra-continental. African governments, occasionally assisted through powers outdoors the continent, supported warlords, dictators, and dissident events in neighboring international locations and fought for keep watch over in their pals' assets. the worldwide battle on terror, just like the chilly conflict, elevated the overseas army presence at the African continent and generated exterior aid for repressive governments. In each one of those situations, exterior pursuits altered the dynamics of Africa's inner struggles, escalating neighborhood conflicts into better conflagrations, with devastating results on African peoples.

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