Colonialization and One-Party Rule to Civil War and “Conflict Diamonds”

  • Michael D. Beevers


This chapter provides an in-depth analysis of Sierra Leone, from a British rule and a one-party state until the outbreak of civil war in the early 1990s. Beevers focuses on the country’s history and the political, economic and social landscape that formed the modern state, which is deeply intertwined with natural resources, most prominently including diamonds. The chapter describes the Sierra Leonean civil war and documents the emergence of natural resources, and most prominently, the so-called conflict diamonds, as leading causes of the conflict.


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  • Michael D. Beevers
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  1. 1.Department of Environmental StudiesDickinson CollegeCarlisleUSA

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