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As a consequence of mere chance, an unjust fate, personal failings or a malevolent spirit, the workshop on Faith and AIDS convened by Paul Gifford, Felicitas Becker and Wenzel Geissler met for discussion a couple of months before the appearance of John Iliffes sombrely magnificent The African Aids Epidemic: A History. There are two very different historical processes in which African authority has, typically, come under critical scrutiny. How far repoliticisation might prompt the reform of African states can only be guessed at, but the old Ethiopian kingdom periodically re-established its legitimacy by royal hospitality at times of famine; and colonial governments too were at times forced by famine to revise their policies on internal trade and crop pricing.

Keywords: African AIDS; famine



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