Historical Dictionary of Republic of the Congo

Historical Dictionary of Republic of the Congo

by John F. Clark, Samuel Decalo
     
 

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The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of Republic of the Congo provides a comprehensive set of references on the country’s history, politics, economics, and culture. It traces the careers of the country’s leading personalities into the era following the democratic experiment of the 1990s. It updates the country’s social, economic, and

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The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of Republic of the Congo provides a comprehensive set of references on the country’s history, politics, economics, and culture. It traces the careers of the country’s leading personalities into the era following the democratic experiment of the 1990s. It updates the country’s social, economic, and political evolution through the first decade of the 21st century.

Clark and Decalo provide a snapshot of the Republic of the Congo through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, an extensive bibliography, and the dictionary section of over 700 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, leading political figures, institutions, economic enterprises, ethnic communities, and cultural features. It provides information on many aspects of Congolese society, culture, and society not available on any web-based source or in any other publication. It is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Republic of the Congo.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This dictionary, along with any volume in this long-running quality series, is suitable for the reference collections of all academic and large public libraries, and those special collections dealing with Africa.
CHOICE
In this fourth edition (3rd ed., Historical Dictionary of Congo, by Decalo, V. Thompson, and R. Adloff, CH, Mar'97, 34-3627), Clark (Florida International Univ.) and Decalo (Univ. of Florida) continue with the 1997 return to power of President Sassou-Nguesso, detail the outbreak of several civil wars, and address the impact of improving economic conditions due to petroleum exports. Like other titles in the "Historical Dictionaries of Africa" series, this work has four main sections—an introduction, a chronology, a dictionary, and a bibliography. The introduction provides a concise overview of Congolese history with an emphasis on postcolonial politics and the economy. Similarly, the chronology, which begins c. 500, is much more detailed after Congo emerges as an independent country. The dictionary features more than 700 cross-referenced entries that cover prominent individuals, ethnic groups, companies and organizations, relations with other countries, and general topics such as agriculture, education, industry, religion, transportation, and women. Again, the focus is on the last five decades. Of particular value is the extensive bibliography, which is arranged in sections that cover history, politics, economics, society, and culture. The many references to French sources will be extremely helpful to researchers. Summing Up: Recommended.
American Reference Books Annual
This dictionary, along with any volume in this long-running quality series, is suitable for the reference collections of all academic and large public libraries, and those special collections dealing with Africa.
Reference Reviews
In its fourth edition, J .F. Clark's Historical Dictionary of Republic of the Congo adds considerably to the previous work of Virginia Thomson, Richard Adloff and Samuel Decalo and makes an important contribution to a small body of English language scholarship on a country that, in the words of the series’ editor, Jon Woronoff, had more than enough “history” for one of Africa's smallest countries. . .Structurally, the dictionary faithfully retains the organization of its predecessors. . .[There] are hundreds of alphabetically ordered, clearly written dictionary entries. . . .Clark's detailed research and updates result in an excellent reference book that will appeal to casual readers, students as well as researchers wishing to explore an aspect of Congolese history or locate additional literature in English and the French language. As such, it is a highly recommended addition to both public and academic library reference collections.
Library Journal
Clark and Decalo present a comprehensive resource on all things Congolese. While the title is heavy on the political, the country's history from around 500 CE through the 1960 declaration of independence and civil wars of the past decade, culture, and economic system are additional focus points. More than 700 cross-referenced entries account for the bulk of this one-volume gem, and are accompanied by an introduction, a chronology, and ready-reference appendixes. VERDICT Given that this book also features an extensive bibliography, it forms an outstanding entrée for those interested in the country.
Booknews
A new edition of the reference volume chronicling the history of Africa's Congo, an unstable state that has most recently begun to rebuild its economy after a period of political shifts from the right to the left. Co-author Decalo (U. of Florida) probes the history of Congo in an insightful introduction supplemented by a comprehensive dictionary providing concise descriptions of major figures in politics and culture, places, institutions, historical events, economy, and society. Additionally, a subject divided bibliography is supplied for researchers wishing to pursue further study. Includes maps, economic and budgetary data tables, and a chronology of events since Congo independence. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810849198
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/09/2012
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Africa Series
Edition description:
Fourth Edition
Pages:
570
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John F. Clark is professor of politics and international relations at Florida International University; he specializes in the politics and foreign policies of francophone Central Africa.

Samuel Decalo is professor of Political Science at the University of Natal and visiting professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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