ix, 313 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 22 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction : from Southern Sudan to South Sudan. Contested identities and near perpetual war
The origins of 'Southern Sudan'
Transforming Southern Sudan into South Sudan
The purposes of the book
The Southern Sudan question : unity or separation? The first civil war : Anya-Nya secessionism ends in unity
The second civil war : the SPLA's revolution ends in secession
Domineering personalities and conflicted collaboration
Conclusion : New Sudan dies; South Sudan is born
The golden years of revolution : 1983-1991. The SPLA emerges as the dominant Southern force
The SPLA advances, Khartoum turns to Southern proxies
The 1991 watershed
Conclusion : when golden is relative
Years of darkness, serious struggle, negotiations : 1991-2005. The dark years of revolution
The SPLA/M's serious struggle to regain the initiative
Negotiating the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)
Conclusion : and now the hard part
Giving unity a chance : the CPA's interim period, 2005-2011. The implications of Garang's death for the CPA process
Relative accommodation and perseverance for the referendum
What happened to the Second Republic of New Sudan?
Conclusion : persistence pays off
Defining the Republic of South Sudan. From region to state : laying the foundations of sovereign governance
Keeping it together : confronting the revival of other armed groups
The economic situation at independence and development
The parameters of South Sudan's foreign policy. The two Sudans : South Sudan's relations with Sudan
South Sudan's relations with regional neighbours
South Sudan's relations with the major powers
The meaning of liberation in South Sudan. Who owns South Sudan's liberation?
What is South Sudanese nationalism?
The need for South-South reconciliation
Conclusion : the long walk to freedom.
A story of transformation and of victory against the odds, this title reviews South Sudan's modern history as a contested region and assesses the political, social and security dynamics that will shape its immediate future as Africa's newest independent state.