Congo

Congo

by Thomas Turner
     
 

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has become one of the world'sbloodiest hot spots. 2003 saw the end of a five-year war in whichmillions lost their lives - one of the deadliest conflicts sinceWorld War II. Despite recent peace agreements and democraticelections, the country is still plagued by army and militiaviolence. Congo remains deeply troubled, since the

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has become one of the world'sbloodiest hot spots. 2003 saw the end of a five-year war in whichmillions lost their lives - one of the deadliest conflicts sinceWorld War II. Despite recent peace agreements and democraticelections, the country is still plagued by army and militiaviolence. Congo remains deeply troubled, since the deep-rootedcauses of conflict have not been adequately addressed.

The conflict in the DRC has divided opinion; some call it acivil war, or a war of aggression by the country's neighbours;others a continuation of Rwanda's Hutu-Tutsi conflict on Congolosesoil, and a war of partition and pillage. The prevalence of rapeand sexual violence has led some analysts to mark it out as ahidden ‘war against women'. Tom Turner's insightful bookreveals how each of these descriptions accurately captures theseparate elements of this complex and multidimensional politicalconflict. In exploring each of these contributory factors, he showshow current attempts to rebuild the shattered state and society ofDRC are doomed to fail. So long as the full complexity of the Congocrisis is not taken into account and a clear consensus as to itsprecise dimensions reached, the future looks bleak. The DRC, heargues, will likely remain a global hot spot for some time tocome.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This study is a remarkably compact and honest summary ofincredibly complex events in Congo since 1998. Turner is among ahandful of Congo observers with the breadth of knowledge andconfidence to distill the country’s recent history in such anexcellent manner.  His digest of both the causes andconsequences of Congo's recent tragedies will stimulate thethinking of laymen, students, and scholars alike."
John F. Clark, Florida International University

"The book on Congo that I have been waiting for: compact, powerful,and judicious. It is clear without oversimplifying the complexity.It provides an important historical perspective, and makes sexualviolence central to the set of problems that need to be explained.Perfect for classroom use, and an excellent primer on the centralissues for experts and readers of all hues."
Nancy Rose Hunt, University of Michigan

"With keen attention to historical detail, Turner offers awide-ranging analysis of the political and humanitarian challengesposed by the Congo's agonies; no one seriously interested in takingthe measure of the unfolding crisis can afford to ignore thiscompelling effort to make intelligible its never-ending quest forpeace and stability."
René Lemarchand, University of Florida

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745648446
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/29/2013
Series:
Global Political Hot Spots Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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