I owe a particular debt to the late Professor Murray Edelman, whose views of symbols and politics have guided me in this book. Some interpreted each war as international, i. My courage to write this book derives in large measure from the support of my wife, Irène Muderhwa Safi. Turner looks at successive misguided and self-interested interventions by other African powers, including Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia, as well as the impotence of United Nations troops. He is the author of Ethnogenèse et nationalisme en Afrique centrale: les racines de Lumumba 2000 and co-author of The Rise and Decline of the Zairian State with Crawford Young, 1985. In the process, Turner argues, ethnic affinities are reconstructed to serve as corporate political actors seeking to control socioeconomic space. He is the author of Ethnogenèse et nationalisme en Afrique centrale: les racines de Lumumba 2000 and co-author of The Rise and Decline of the Zairian State 1985.
Teaching in Africa has been a bit like time travel. Congo's civil war centers squarely on the perceptions of ethnic marginalization, citizenship, land, regional security, democratization, and the quest for good governance. His deft analysis and rich detial provide the best account yet published of the two Congo wars from 1996-2002, particularly in the two Kivus. Since 1996 war has raged in the Congo while the world has looked away. Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison'Thomas Turner's book will likely be the point of reference for anyone interested in the Congo wars, their origins and dynamics and why, in spite of the carnage, they remain a largely ignored and unknown conflict outside of Central Africa. Since 1996 war has raged in the Congo while the world has looked away. Was local violence a reflection of national or regional dynamics? Instead, Zimbabwean troops disembarked at the airport, took up position around the periphery, and began bombarding the rebel positions.
¹¹ By April 1997, Kabila and his backers had taken the mineral-rich provinces of Katanga and the two Kasais. All rights reserved No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher. Waves of armed conflict and atrocities against civilians have resulted in over three million casualties, making this one of the bloodiest yet least understood conflicts of recent times. Fifth, discriminatory nationality laws, disruptions in the ethnic balance of the eastern region caused by the influx of Rwandan Hutu refugees in 1994, and shared ethnicity between rebels and neighboring regimes—variables which are not included in the Collier-Hoeffler model—were significant determinants of the outbreak of civil wars in the 1990s. The book describes a resource-rich region, suffering from years of deprivation and still profoundly affected by the shockwaves of the Rwandan genocide.
I have three minor criticisms of the book. The following April, the investigators withdrew, unable to finish their work. With the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide exercising its shockwaves, and United Nations troops in position, but apparently powerless to secure the lives of ordinary citizens, this book sheds light on the interventions of other African powers in the region and cuts through the historical myths that people in the region and beyond resort to. As an example of wisdom, I think of Mr Kabambi, who wanted to meet my mother and did , when my mother visited me in Kisangani. Waves of armed conflict and atrocities against civilians have resulted in over three million casualties, making this one of the bloodiest yet least understood conflicts of recent times. Cutting through the historical myths so often used to understand the devastation, Turner indicates the changes required of Congolese leaders, neighbouring African states and the international community to bring about lasting peace and security.
Refugees were forced across the continent through and forest, dying or being killed along the way. This book effectively simplified the roots of the two civil wars that have taken place in the past thirteen years. Still in the category of Anamongo but no longer in the category of madmen , I think of Dr Michael Kasongo Methodist pastor and professor of history , who taught me a bit of his language and a great deal about the culture of his people. Five conclusions arise from this case study. In The Congo Wars Thomas Turner provides the first in-depth analysis of what happened.
The numbers show a shameful century of rule by the lash, the iron fist in the mailed glove: there were 16 university graduates and 136 high school graduates in a population of about 14 million; there were no Congolese teachers, physicians or army officers and only one native lawyer. The book describes a resource-rich region, suffering from years of deprivation and still profoundly affected by the shockwaves of the Rwandan genocide. It began on 2 August, with a mutiny at Goma and an invasion of Rwandan troops. The role of regional, continental, and international organizations, with regard to the process of peacemaking, peacekeeping, and postconflict peace maintenance in the Great Lakes region is also critically examined. A remarkable and highly readable book. It soon became apparent, however, that this was not a local conflict.
Second, while regional ethnic dominance served as a basis for mobilization of rebellions, ethnic antagonism was also an obstacle to the expansion of civil wars beyond the province of origin. Whether this sense of unity will help the Congolese leadership create a strong state remains debatable given the degree of widespread corruption and the abuses of human rights that remain rampant. He shows that the Congo wars resulted from the interplay of several causal links that involved not only rational players pursuing their own preferences, but also the politics of exclusion in which autochthones wanted to exclude some groups they thought were allothochtons from entitlement to land rights and citizenship. Dimension: 217 x 139 x 17. A remarkable and highly readable book.
Prices - we do our best to keep price information up to date, but publishers very occasionally change book prices, so we cannot completely guarantee the prices shown here. Here are two volumes to add to that discussion from Zed Books. In contrast, the Sudan civil war produced 2 million deaths in twenty-two years. The United Nations attempted to carry out an inquiry into the alleged massacres, despite stonewalling by Kabila and his government. Cutting through the historical myths so often used to understand the devastation, Turner indicates the changes required of Congolese leaders, neighbouring African states and the international community to bring about lasting peace and security.