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The Congo Wars; Conflict, Myth and Reality

by Thomas Turner - £26.99  Zed Books (2007)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781842776896 | ISBN 10: 1842776894

Since 1996 war has raged in the Congo while the world has looked away. Waves of armed conflict and atrocities against civilians have resulted in over three million casualties, making this one of the bloodiest yet least understood conflicts of recent times.
In The Congo Wars, Thomas Turner provides the first in-depth analysis of what happened. The book describes a resource-rich region, suffering from years of deprivation and still profoundly affected by the shockwaves of the Rwandan genocide. Turner looks at successive misguided and self-interested interventions by other African powers, including Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia, as well as the impotence of United Nations troops. Cutting through the historical myths so often used to understand the devastation, Turner indicates the changes required of Congolese leaders, neighbouring African states and the international community to bring about lasting peace and security.
Preface & Acknowledgments
1. Half a Holocaust
2. The Political Economy of Pillage
3. 'Congo Must be Sweet': Image and Ideology in the Congo Wars
4. War in South Kivu
5. War in North Kivu
6. Congo and the 'International Community'
7. After the War

"Thomas Turner provides the most lucid and detailed analysis of the complexity of the internal and interregional wars that have plagued this vast country since 1996. By situating this tragic history within the legacies of colonialism and Mobutuism, the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the criminalization of political activity in resource rich but politically unstable regions of the world, he has produced a remarkable and highly readable book."
- Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, United Nations Development Programme
About the Author
Thomas Turner teaches at at Victoria Commonwealth University. He has previously taught in universities in Congo, Kenya, Tunisia and Rwanda. He is the author of Ethnogenèse et nationalisme en Afrique centrale: les racines de Lumumba (2000) and co-author of The Rise and Decline of the Zairian State (1985).

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