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The Congo from Leopold to Kabila: A People's History

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The people of the Congo, as this book shows, have suffered cruelly throughout the past century from a particularly brutal experience of colonial rule; and, following independence in 1960, external interference by the United States and other powers, a whole generation of patrimonial spoliation at the hands of Mobutu (the dictator installed by the West in 1965), and periodic ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Zed Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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sologdin
Oct 20, 2014 sologdin rated it really liked it
If this is the worst book that I read in 2013, it'll be a very good year.

Very much a people's history, but more in the original tradition of Morton's People's History of England, with broad strokes regarding class relations, social forces, conflicting ideologies, imperialist power, and so on (there's even mention on occasion of dialectics and contradiction, so, yaknow, overtly marxist), rather than the more colloquial and personal demarginalization of resistance voices that one might find in Zin
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kripsoo
Feb 09, 2015 kripsoo rated it it was amazing
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 of Congo. It covers somewhat more than the last century and the author has been personally involved in the last four decades of Congo's history, bringing penetrating insight and profound knowledge of the inner dynamics of the country's evolution and He has a keen feel for political currents in Kinsh ...more
Lorraine M. Thompson
If you are going to read only one book about the Democratic Republic of Congo this should be the book that you read.
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