Africa's World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe

Africa's World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe

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by Gerard Prunier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195374207

ISBN-13: 9780195374209

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"In this history of the recent wars in central Africa, Gerard Prunier offers an account of how one terrible episode laid the groundwork for a sweeping and disastrous upheaval." Prunier vividly describes the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when some two million Hutu refugees - a third of Rwanda's population - fled to exile in Zaire in 1996. Shortly thereafter, the…  See more details below

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"In this history of the recent wars in central Africa, Gerard Prunier offers an account of how one terrible episode laid the groundwork for a sweeping and disastrous upheaval." Prunier vividly describes the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when some two million Hutu refugees - a third of Rwanda's population - fled to exile in Zaire in 1996. Shortly thereafter, the new Rwandan regime sent its forces into Zaire and attacked the refugees. The Rwandan forces then turned on Zaire's despotic President Mobutu and, with the help of a number of allied African countries, overthrew him. But, as Prunier shows, the collapse of the Mobutu regime and the ascension of the corrupt and erratic Laurent-Desire Kabila created a power vacuum that drew Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and other African nations into an extended and chaotic war. The heart of the book documents how the whole core of the African continent became engulfed in an intractable and bloody conflict after 1998, a devastating war that only wound down following the assassination of Kabila in 2001. Prunier not only captures all of this in a riveting narrative, but he also indicts the international community for its utter lack of interest in what was then the largest conflict in the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195374209
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Glossary

Maps

Introduction

1 Rwanda's mixed season of hope (July 1994-April 1995) 1

2 From Kibeho to the attack on Zaire (April 1995-October 1996) 37

3 The Congo basin, its interlopers, and its onlookers 73

4 Winning a virtual war (September 1996-May 1997) 113

5 Losing the real peace (May 1997-August 1998) 149

6 A continental war (August 1998-August 1999) 181

7 Sinking into the quagmire (August 1999-January 2001) 227

8 Not with a bang but with a whimper: the war's confused ending (January 2001-December 2002) 257

9 From war to peace: Congolese transition and conflict deconstruction (January 2003-July 2007) 285

10 Groping for meaning: the "Congolese" conflict and the crisis of contemporary Africa 329

Appendix I Seth Sandashonga's murder 365

Notes 369

Bibliography 469

Index 515

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