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Africa's World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe

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"[Prunier has] taken pains to demonstrate the volume of his research... but the book moves with a gossipy briskness, as if Prunier were recounting the story over beers at one of those seedy African bars where journalists mix with diamond dealers and spies." Gerard Prunier (read the entire Nation review)

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The Rwandan genocide sparked a horrific bloodbath that swept across sub-Saharan Africa, ultimately leading to the deaths of some four million people. In this extraordinary history of the recent wars in Central Africa, Gerard Prunier offers a gripping account of how one grisly episode laid the groundwork for a sweeping and disastrous upheaval.

Prunier vividly describes the grisly aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when some two million refugees--a third of Rwanda's population--fled to exile in Zaire in 1996. The new Rwandan regime then crossed into Zaire and attacked the refugees, slaughtering upwards of 400,000 people. The Rwandan forces then turned on Zaire's despotic President Mobutu and, with the help of a number of allied African countries, overthrew him. But as Prunier shows, the collapse of the Mobutu regime and the ascension of the corrupt and erratic Laurent-Désiré Kabila created a power vacuum that drew Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and other African nations into an extended and chaotic war. The heart of the book documents how the whole core of the African continent became engulfed in an intractible and bloody conflict after 1998, a devastating war that only wound down following the assassination of Kabila in 2001. Prunier not only captures all this in his riveting narrative, but he also indicts the international community for its utter lack of interest in what was then the largest conflict in the world.

Praise for the hardcover:

"The most ambitious of several remarkable new books that reexamine the extraordinary tragedy of Congo and Central Africa since the Rwandan genocide of 1994."

--New York Review of Books

"One of the first books to lay bare the complex dynamic between Rwanda and Congo that has been driving this disaster."

--Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times Book Review

"Lucid, meticulously researched and incisive, Prunier's will likely become the standard account of this under-reported tragedy."

--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Gerard Prunier is a widely acclaimed journalist as well as Director of the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa. He has published over 120 articles and five books, including The Rwanda Crisis and Darfur.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter One: Rwanda's mixed season of hope (July 1994-April 1995)

Chapter Two: From Kibeho to the attack on Zaire (April 1995-October 1996)

Chapter Three: The Zairian Hollow, Its Interlopers and Its Onlookers

Chapter Four: Winning a Virtual War (September 1996-May 1997)

Chapter Five: Losing the Real Peace (May 1997-August 1998)

Chapter Six: A Continental War (August 1998-August 1999)

Chapter Seven: Sinking into the quagmire (September 1999-January 2001)

Chapter Eight: Not with a Bang but with a Whimper: the War's Confused Ending (January 2001-December 2002)

Chapter Nine From War to Peace: Congolese Transition and Conflict Deconstruction (January 2003-June 2007)

Chapter Ten: Groping for Meaning: the "Congolese" Conflict and the Crisis of Contemporary Africa

Abbreviations

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195374209
Author:
Prunier, Gerard
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Gerard
Author:
Prunier, G'Rard
Subject:
History
Subject:
Refugees
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Africa, central
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Foreign Legal Systems
Subject:
Rwanda History Civil War, 1994- Refugees.
Subject:
Congo (Democratic Republic) History 1997-
Subject:
Politics | Comparative Politics | Africa
Subject:
Military-General History
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.3 x 1.9 in 2.106 lb

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