Historical Dictionary of Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (previously Zaire) is at Africa's center, both geographically and economically. The territory that is Congo contains the population and the resources to be one of the continents richest countries. However, its political history has limited the large potential. In 1997, Mobutu Sese Seko, the longtime dictator of Zaire was thrown out of power. His successor Laurent Kabila has changed the name of the country, returned to the pre-Mobutu flag, and generally attempted to erase the ...

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (previously Zaire) is at Africa's center, both geographically and economically. The territory that is Congo contains the population and the resources to be one of the continents richest countries. However, its political history has limited the large potential. In 1997, Mobutu Sese Seko, the longtime dictator of Zaire was thrown out of power. His successor Laurent Kabila has changed the name of the country, returned to the pre-Mobutu flag, and generally attempted to erase the thirty years of Mobutu rule. However, his rule has been challenged by ethnic unrest in the east and an offensive by rebels who accuse him of the same faults as his predecessor. The history of Congo/Zaire is at a crossroads. F. Scott Bobb has taken this historic moment as an opportunity to look back at 30 years of Mobutu rule, nearly 40 years of independence, over a century of colonial rule, and even earlier kingdoms and groups that shared the territory. The care and effort which drove the creation of the earlier edition have been maintained in this revision. The Dictionary includes a useful introduction by the author, and is followed by a detailed bibliography. The text includes helpful visuals including six tables, several maps and chronologies. Reviews of the Historical Dictionary of Zaire by F. Scott Bobb: "...recommended as the only work of its kind in English about Zaire." —CHOICE "As a source of information of the first instance, this dictionary belongs to every public and academic library." —ARBA

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International Journal Of African Historical Studies
...this is an excellent source of information for the postcolonial history of the Congo/Zaire...this new contribution has been updated very well...a useful and instructive historical reference source.
Journal Of African History
This volume takes its place in a well-known series primarily aimed at a public of reference librarians, personnel employed by humanitarian agencies and journalists...In a series of mixed quality, Bobb's book will serve as a useful companion for quick reference to the Congo of recent years.
Reference and Research Book News
The author is a journalist who has been reporting on and writing about the country since the mid-1970s. Entries explain important concepts, events, figures, and contributing factors to the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Entries explain important concepts, events, figures, and contributing factors to the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They look at 30 years of dictatorship, almost 40 years of independence, over a century of colonial rule, and earlier groups and kingdoms that shared the territory. Includes a guide to name changes, a chronology, a political map, and a map of mines and infrastructure, plus tables on trade, production, and the economy. The author is a journalist who has been reporting on and writing about the country since the mid- 1970s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810835719
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: African Historical Dictionaries Series , #76
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Scott Bobb is a journalist who has been reporting on and writing about the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) since the mid-1970s. Raised by missionaries in the Congo, Bobb has had a long and distinguished career with the Voice of America, first as a reporter-broadcaster, and later as correspondent and administrator.

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