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The Congo Wars: Conflict, Myth and Reality

The Congo Wars Conflict Myth and Reality This book by a lifelong authority on the Congo makes sense of the world s least reported and least understood major war Since successive waves of armed conflict in the Congo have left behind at

  • Title: The Congo Wars: Conflict, Myth and Reality
  • Author: Thomas Turner
  • ISBN: 9781842776896
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book, by a lifelong authority on the Congo, makes sense of the world s least reported and least understood major war Since 1996 successive waves of armed conflict in the Congo have left behind at least 3 million casualties, overwhelmingly civilian Turner throws new light on partisan and economically self interested military interventions by Uganda, Angola, ZimbabweThis book, by a lifelong authority on the Congo, makes sense of the world s least reported and least understood major war Since 1996 successive waves of armed conflict in the Congo have left behind at least 3 million casualties, overwhelmingly civilian Turner throws new light on partisan and economically self interested military interventions by Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia And he cuts through the highly tendentious historical myths that have been used to make sense of the unfolding catastrophe both in the region and beyond The book also indicates the changes required of the international community, neighboring African states and Congolese political leaders if this hugely resource rich region of Central Africa is to build peace and economic security for its people.

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    1. While the European colonization of Africa is one of the lowest points of so-called Western civilization (or Western so-called civilization) the history of the Congo is horrific even by the standards of primitive accumulation set by the British and French empire builders who realized that a partially educated native population serving as clerks, middle managers (supervising only other Africans, of course) and non-commissioned officers in the military was necessary to channel the aspirations of th [...]

    2. Not so much a history of the Congo Wars since 1996 as a discussion and exposition of how the various players saw themselves--- how a whole alphabet soup of political parties, ethnic groups, armies, and governmental/NGO groups defined themselves and presented themselves to audiences and supporters both international and internal. Turner tries to get at the masks the players assumed--- how definitions of "Congolese" or "foreign" were set for tribal groups along the borders, how it was that Ugandan [...]

    3. A patient unwinding of the events and players, from colonial times throuth the 2006 elections, that led to or were involved in the Congo wars beginning in 1996. Not for those seeking sensationalism, it seeks simply to establish what actually happened from among all the claims and counterclaims of the various parties. Attention centers on the eastern part of the country, and also includes background on Rwanda since ethically Rwandan peoples with their relations to each other, groups in the Congo, [...]

    4. I recently saw a documentary about the hundreds of thousands of Congolese women who have been raped in the past two years as a result of the Civil War that is taking place in the eastern section of the DRC. Viewing the documentary made me want to learn more about the causes and effects of the civil wars. This book effectively simplified the roots of the two civil wars that have taken place in the past thirteen years. Sections of the book are a bit dense, but overall, Turner has written a highly [...]

    5. Turners work is exceptional, but the conflict is so complex that I often lose myself in his narrative. I plan on holding onto this book because it has a lot of critical information regarding the current violence in the DRC. I recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with Central African history and would like to advanced their knowledge of its modern situation.

    6. Starts very strong. Not great literature, but a very good introduction to a monumental disaster that has received little attention.

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