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Author Prunier, Gérard.

Title From genocide to continental war : the 'Congolese' conflict and the crisis of contemporary Africa / Gérard Prunier
Published London : Hurst & Co., [2009]


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 MELB  967.5103 Pru/Fgt  AVAILABLE
Description xxxviii, 529 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents Rwanda's mixed season of hope (July 1994-Apr 1995) -- From Kibeho to the attack on Zaire (April 1995-October 1996) -- The Congo basin, its interlopers, and its onlookers -- Winning a virtual war (September 1996-May 1997) -- Losing the real peace (May 1997-August 1998) -- A continental war (August 1998-August 1999) -- Sinking into the quagmire (August 1999-January 2001) -- Not with a bang, but with a whimper : the war's confused ending (January 2001-December 2002) -- From war to peace : Congolese transition and conflict deconstruction (January 2003-July 2007) -- Groping for meaning : the "Congolese" conflict and the crisis of contemporary Africa -- Appendix I: Seth Sendashonga's murder
Summary "In September 1996, in the aftermath of the Rwandese Genocide, a multinational African force led by Rwanda invaded what was then Zaire, with the aim of crushing the remnants of the genocidaire regime and of overthrowing that long time friend of the West, the dictator Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko wa Za Banga. They succeeded beyond their highest expectations. But that success disturbed what was then Africa's 'sick giant', an enormous amorphous space where over three hundred tribes coexisted in a series of uneasy compromises and where the last of the Cold Warriors, a man hated by a whole continent, precariously kept in check within an increasingly disarticulated geopolitical space a country his avarice had driven to a state of rotting despair." "The predictable result was the bloodiest conflict since the Second World War, involving fourteen African countries and causing the deaths of almost four million people (five times as many as in the Rwandese genocide which had triggered the process)." "In From Genocide to Continental War Gerard Prunier describes in precise and chilling detail this massive yet little-known conflict, which became known as 'Africa's First World War'. It became a litmus test for the fragile state of the continent as Africans were struggling to usher in a new era as the twentieth century drew to a close."--Jacket
Analysis Zaire History 1960-
Notes Also published as: Africa's world war : Congo, the Rwandan genocide, and the making of a continental catastrophe / Gérard Prunier. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 469-514) and index
Subject Genocide -- Rwanda.
Political violence -- Great Lakes Region (Africa)
Geopolitics -- Africa, Central.
Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 1997-
Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994 -- Refugees.
Africa, Central -- Ethnic relations -- Political aspects -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Author Prunier, Gérard. Africa's world war
LC no. 2009379515
ISBN 9781850655237 (casebound)
1850655235 (casebound)
9781850659587 (paperback)
1850659583 (paperback)