The Congo from Leopold to Kabila
A People's History
Distributed for Zed Books
The author of this book, Professor Nzongola-Ntalaja, is one of the country's leading intellectuals. Despite being forced into long years of exile (during which he taught political science in the United States and elsewhere), he has played a part at significant moments in his country's political struggle. His deep knowledge of personalities and events, and his understanding of the underlying class, ethnic and other factors at work, make his book a compelling, lucid, radical and utterly unromanticized account of his countrymen's struggle. In acknowledging their defeat, he sees it and the crisis of the post-colonial state as the result of the breakdown of the anti-colonial alliance between the masses and the national leadership after independence.
This book is essential reading for understanding what is happening in the Congo and the Great Lakes region. It will also stand as a milestone in how to write the modern political history of Africa.
1. Imperialism, Belgian Colonialism and African Resistance
2. The Struggle for Independence
3. The First Congo Crisis
4. The Second Independence Movement
5. The Mobutu Regime: Dictatorship and State Decay
6. The Struggle for Multiparty Democracy
7. Conflict in the Great Lakes Region