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The History of Congo (Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)by Didier Gondola
Synopses & Reviews
This book begins with a survey of Congo's early history, when diverse peoples such as the Luba, the Kuba, and the Nilotic inhabited the area, and continues by tracing the country's history through the Belgian period of colonization and the dictatorships of Mobutu and Kabila. Biographical portraits present important figures in Congo's storied history. An annotated bibliography and chronology help make this the most current and accessible introduction to this fascinating, complex, and long-suffering nation.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, is located at the center of Africa. The country encompasses the entire Congo River Basin, the potential source of 13% of the world's hydroelectric power. The Congo River Basin also contains one-third of Africa's rainforests, countless species of trees, and more then 10,000 species of flowering plants. Congo contains extremely valuable deposits of diamonds and coltan, a metal used in high-tech machinery. Because of this abundance of natural resources, Congo has unfortunately been the site of colonial domination, repressive dictatorships, and internecine violence between rebel groups and neighboring countries.
Book News Annotation:
Gondola (history, Indian U.-Purdue U., Indianapolis) includes a timeline and list of notable people in this one-volume history of the Congo. Gondola writes with attention to the personalities and motivations of leading figures, as well as the effects to the people and the country's economic well-being. The history begins with a description of the country's ethnic groups, geography, and early history then turns to the long tragedy of colonial conquest and rule under Belgium's King Leopold, the colonial system that followed, the process of decolonization, and the subsequent three republics. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gondola offers concise account of one of Africa's most mineral-rich and strife-torn countries.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -202) and index.
About the Author
CH. DIDIER GONDOLA is Assistant Professor of African History at Indiana University (Indianapolis).
Table of Contents
The Congo Basin in Ancient and Precolonial Times
Colonial Conquest 1885-1890
Leopoldian Congo 1885-1908
Bula Matari 1908-1945
The Crisis of Decolonization 1945-1960
The First Republic 1960-1965
The Second Republic 1965-1990
Democratic Transition 1990-1997
The Third Republic 1997-2001
Epilogue: Africa's First Continental War
Appendix: Notable People of the Congo
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