The Congo: plunder and resistance

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Zed Books, 2007 - 243 pages
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.

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David Renton is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Sunderland University. Leo Zeilig is a Researcher in the Department of Geography and Earth Science, Brunel University. David Seddon is Professor of Politics & Sociology School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia.

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