The Skull Beneath the Skin


Africa after the Cold War

In The Skull Beneath the Skin: Africa After the Cold War award-winning journalist Mark Huband argues that foreign involvement in Africa – whether by colonialists, financial donors, armies, political reformers, or Cold War protagonists – has been the single most destructive element in the continent’s history. He argues that the catastrophes that have erupted since the end of the Cold War are a legacy of that long foreign involvement, and that stability will be achieved on the continent only if African countries are left to find their own solutions to the problems they face. The end of the Cold War may now offer the opportunity for Africa to achieve the independence it never really achieved when the European powers departed from their former colonies.


Westview Press; Reprint edition (3 Jan 2003)
ISBN-10: 0813341124
ISBN-13: 978-0813341125

Commentary on The Skull Beneath The Skin:

Overall, Mark Huband’s The Skull Beneath the Skin offers a well-compiled set of cases illustrating the consequences of foreign intervention on Africa. Students of African politics, international relations, and those with a general interest in Africa will find this to be a useful book. Indeed, Huband’s careful account of events and circumstances witnessed on the ground during ten years of study and living on the continent is valuable to better understanding the realities Africans face today. Future research should build on Huband’s work by investigating globalization’s marginalization of Africa and ordinary Africans in the global economic order.
Patrick Johnston, Northwestern University, USA

Strictly speaking, this book is not an academic work; it was written by a journalist who had been reporting on various parts of Africa for a decade. One would wish, however, that every academic book could be as well researched and documented as this one.
Vladimir Shubin, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow