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The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People's Historyby Georges Nzongola Ntalaja
Synopses & Reviews
As this book shows, the People of the Congo have suffered throughout the past century from a particularly brutal experience of colonial rule, and a series of post-independence political conflicts. But as this insightful political history of the Congolese democratic movement of the 20th century decisively makes clear, its people have not taken these multiple oppressions lying down. Instead, they have struggled both to establish democratic institutions at home and to free themselves from exploitations abroad.
Book News Annotation:
Criticizing the international community's seeming rejection of change in Africa through democratic means, as opposed to by strong-arm political leaders, professor and democracy activist Nzongola-Ntalaja outlines the history of the democracy movement in the Congo. Deeply critical of the Belgian imperialists, Mobutu and his supporters, as well as the Kabila regime that overthrew Mobutu, he connects the struggle for democracy to the Western corporations that oppose it and to local corrupt elites. Distributed by Palgrave.
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About the Author
Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja is a renowned scholar of African politics and an international consultant specializing in public policy, governance, and conflict-related issues.
Table of Contents
Introduction * Imperialism, Belgian Colonialism, and African Resistance * The Struggle for Independence * The First Congo Crisis * The Second Independence Movement * The Mobutu Regime: Dictatorship and State Decay * The Struggle for Multiparty Democracy * Conflict in the Great Lakes Region
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