The Congo: plunder and resistance
This book traces the story of the Congo from the unleashing of King Leopard's fury across the region in the 19th century, to the Western sponsored murder of Patrice Lumumba in 1961 to the war that has ravaged the country since 1997. It is an immensely readable and radical introduction to the Congo that pays attention to the importance of economic production for social organization throughout the country's recent history. It also argues that the nature of global capitalism, far from always leading to modernization, can in fact mean the expansion of private capital accompanied by social collapse. As for the future, the hope is that another politics will emerge from the resistance of ordinary Congolese to imperialist slaughter and the post-independence Mobutu dictatorship.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
miners and planters
rebels and generals
3 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
Africa alliance American Angola argued army Bakongo Banyamulenge became Belgium Braeckman British capital Casement cent central civil colonial coltan companies conflict Congolese continued copper country's crisis Democratic demonstration diamonds economy elections Elisabethville empire ethnic European exploitation export Force Publique forces foreign francs Gecamines global gold Human Rights Watch Ibid independence involved Ituri Kabila Kasavubu Katanga killed King Leopold's King Leopold's Ghost Kinshasa Kisangani Kivu labour Laurent Kabila leaders Leopold Leopoldville London Lubumbashi military million minerals mining minister Mobutu Mongbwalu Morel movement National Conference nationalist Nzongola-Ntalaja opposition organisation party Patrice Lumumba period political Portuguese President production protests rebel groups reform regime region Revolution role rubber rule Rwanda sector social soldiers Soviet Stanley Stanleyville struggle took trade transition troops Tshisekedi Tshombe UDPS Uganda Union Miniere Vandervelde village wealth workers World Bank Zaire Zaire's Zairean