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The Congo-Zaire experience, 1960-98

Author: Edgar O'Ballance
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book describes the experience of a huge Central African colonial country, suddenly plunged into independence in 1960, the first Prime Minster, Patrice Lumumba, being beset by rivals for central power and bouts of separatism. Lumumba was murdered in obscure circumstances. A UN peace-keeping force was rushed to the Congo to prevent the mineral-rich Katanga province breaking away from the republic. Hammarskjold,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edgar O'Ballance
ISBN: 0312227957 9780312227951 0333747917 9780333747919
OCLC Number: 41649608
Description: xxv, 205 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The Belgian Congo --
Independence and Clashing Personalities --
Lumumba the Legend: 1960-61 --
ONUC versus Katanga and Others: 1961-92 --
Prime Minister Tshombe --
The NLC in Retreat --
Plots, Mutiny and Revolt --
The First Invasion of Shaba: 1977 --
The Second Invasion of Shaba --
The Single Party State --
Genocide in Burundi and Rwanda --
The End of the Mobutu Era --
The Democratic Republic of the Congo --
Bleak Prospects.
Responsibility: Edgar O'Ballance.
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A fascinating account of a huge Central African country, almost completely unprepared for liberation from colonial rule in 1960 and plunged into the anarchy of factional struggles for central power,  Read more...

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'...a timely work that can shed some light on the ongoing conflict in that country.' - Mathurin C. Houngnikpo, African Studies Review

 
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