The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People's History
The people of the Congo have suffered from a particularly brutal colonial rule, American interference after independence, decades of robbery at the hands of the dictator Mobutu and periodic warfare which continues even now in the East of the country. But, as this insightful political history makes clear, the Congolese people have not taken these multiple oppressions lying down and have fought over many years to establish democratic institutions at home and free themselves from foreign exploitation; indeed these are two aspects of a single project. Professor Nzongola-Ntalaja is one of his country's leading intellectuals and his panoramic understanding of the personalities and events, as well as class, ethnic and other factors, make his book a lucid, radical and utterly unromanticized account of his countrymen's struggle. His people's defeat and the state's post-colonial crisis are seen as resulting from a post-independence collapse of the anti-colonial alliance between the masses and the national leadership . This book is essential reading for understanding what is happening in the Congo and the Great Lakes region under the rule of the late President Kabila, and now his son. It will also stand as a milestone in how to write the modern political history of Africa.
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Review: The Congo from Leopold to Kabila: A People's HistoryUser Review - kripsoo - Goodreads
For anyone interested in the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo this is the book to read The author is a Congolese with solid academic credentials and a passionate concern for the people ... Read full review
Review: The Congo from Leopold to Kabila: A People's HistoryUser Review - Goodreads
If you are going to read only one book about the Democratic Republic of Congo this should be the book that you read. Read full review