One in the ""Conflict in the 20th Century"" series, this time an action-packed volume covering the history of colonial rule in Africa, the rise of African nationalism, the drive for independence from European rulers after WW II, and the aftermath of independence. The author analyzes various phases of conflict: under colonial rule, conflict arises from internal revolts against foreign rule; in the aftermath of independence, various factions in these newly created countries struggle to gain power; and even without violence and war, economic problems often seem insurmountable. The author discusses some possible solutions for the development and stabilization of the continent, but he does not paint an optimistic future. A useful book that covers a complex subject succinctly and clearly. There are five appendices, covering personalities, apartheid, famine, foreign intervention, Rhodesian counterinsurgency and chronology. Many good photos; index.