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The Dynamics of Violence in Central Africa
Endowed with natural resources, majestic bodies of fresh water, and a relatively mild climate, the Great Lakes region of Central Africa has also been the site of some of the world's bloodiest atrocities. In Rwanda, Burundi, and the Congo-Kinshasa, decades of colonial subjugation-most infamously under Belgium's Leopold II-were followed by decades of civil warfare that ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published October 29th 2008 by University of Pennsylvania Press
(first published October 17th 2008)
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This is one of the many excellent books in English that have been published in the recent past on the Congo, its wars and its neighbors. Rene Lemarchand has studied the history, economy and politics of Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo (Zaire, the DRC) and analyzes the doleful wars, mass killings, systematic looting and general collapse that have characterized these states. I think that his most important addition to the discussion is in discrediting two of the dominant myths that have stymied ...more