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Sudan and South Sudan

by David De La Torre

In Breaking nations, The Economist reviews two books on Sudan: A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce by James Copnall. Hurst and The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan by Luke Patey Hurst.

This is a hard region to understand. The West embraced South Sudan’s liberation from Islamist northern Sudan, and many analysts still cling to a simplistic view of the differences between the two countries. Mr Copnall’s book is measured and understated. He makes considerable effort to document events accurately and to show the depth of relationships between the people of both nations. [more]

For a free classroom lesson on Sudan in the 19th century, “Sudan, Imperialism, and the Mahdi’s Holy War,” go to our Bill of Rights in Action Archive. The lesson is currently only in PDF and you will have to register (if you haven’t already), which is free.