South Sudan

A Slow Liberation

Edward Thomas


A remarkably comprehensive examination of the politics, history and economic development of contemporary South Sudan.
In 2011, South Sudan became independent following a long war of liberation, that gradually became marked by looting, raids and massacres pitting ethnic communities against each other. In this remarkably comprehensive work, Edward Thomas provides a multi-layered examination of what is happening in the country today. Writing from the perspective of South Sudan's most mutinous hinterland, Jonglei state, the book explains how this area was at the heart of South Sudan's struggle.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews and a broad range of sources, this book gives a sharply focused, fresh account of South Sudan's long, unfinished fight for liberation.

Author Bio

Edward Thomas has lived and worked in Sudan and South Sudan for over eight years. He worked as a teacher, researcher and human rights worker for Sudanese and international organizations. Over the past five years, he has written numerous books, reports and articles about South Sudan and its neighbours.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Gabriel Anyang Remembers His Childhood
  • Part I: Society and State
    • 1. The Social Landscape
    • 2. South Sudan's Encounter with Modernity
    • 3. Development and Representation
    • 4. Theories of Revolution
    • 5. State and Society in Jonglei after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
  • Part II: Jonglei's Mutinies
    • 6. The Life and Death of Hassan Ngachingol
    • 7. The Civil Wars in Jonglei
    • 8. The Geography of Conflict in Jonglei after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
  • Part III: Social Transformation
    • 9. Raiding and Eating
    • 10. Nyaburjok
  • Conclusion: Slow Liberation
  • Bibliography


'Succinctly examines the challenges that continue to face South Sudanese struggling for freedom.'
Peter Adwok Nyaba, former minister of higher education for South Sudan

'The most lucid, insightful account of South Sudan's predicament in print. It is also beautifully written.'
Alex de Waal, author of Darfur: A New History of a Long War

'Thomas's insightful review of South Sudanese history, ecology and its multiple societies explodes many of the myths that underlie present explanations for the conflicts in South Sudan.'
John Young, author of The Fate of Sudan

'A must read for all interested in South Sudan.'
Alex Vines, head of the Africa programme at Chatham House

'Thomas gives us a much-needed fresh understanding of South Sudan that, while uniquely modern, historicizes and moves beyond stereotypes and received wisdom.'
Mareike Schomerus, London School of Economics

'Thoroughly examines the predicament of South Sudan.'
Leben Nelson Moro, University of Juba


Publication Date: 8 January 2015
336 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783604043
Hardback: 9781783604050
eBook ePub: 9781783604074
eBook PDF: 9781783604067
eBook Kindle: 9781783604081

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