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Africa's world war : Congo, the Rwandan genocide, and the making of a continental catastrophe / Gérard Prunier.

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    From the Publisher: The Rwandan genocide sparked a horrific bloodbath that swept across sub-Saharan Africa, ultimately leading to the deaths of some four million people. In this extraordinary history of the recent wars in Central Africa, Gerard Prunier offers a gripping account of how one grisly episode laid the groundwork for a sweeping and disastrous upheaval. Prunier vividly describes the grisly aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when some two million refugees-a third of Rwanda's population-fled to exile in Zaire in 1996. The new Rwandan regime then crossed into Zaire and attacked the refugees, slaughtering upwards of 400,000 people. The Rwandan forces then turned on Zaire's despotic President Mobutu and, with the help of a number of allied African countries, overthrew him. But as Prunier shows, the collapse of the Mobutu regime and the ascension of the corrupt and erratic Laurent-Desire Kabila created a power vacuum that drew Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and other African nations into an extended and chaotic war. The heart of the book documents how the whole core of the African continent became engulfed in an intractable and bloody conflict after 1998, a devastating war that only wound down following the assassination of Kabila in 2001. Prunier not only captures all this in his riveting narrative, but he also indicts the international community for its utter lack of interest in what was then the largest conflict in the world. Here then is a gripping eyewitness account of the bloodiest upheaval of recent times, a book of passionate and unblinking intensity that is our best record to date of one of the great tragedies of the post-Cold War era.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Prunier, Gérard.
    Published
    Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
    Locale
    Congo (Democratic Republic)
    Rwanda
    Great Lakes Region (Africa)
    Africa, Central
    Contents
    Abbreviations
    Glossary
    Maps
    Introduction
    1: Rwanda's Mixed Season Of Hope (July 1994 - April 1995)
    Immediate aftermath
    Politics of national unity
    Justice and the killings
    Rwanda outside Rwanda: the world of the refugee camps
    International community's attitudes
    2: From Kibeho To The Attack On Zaire (April 1995 - October 1996)
    Kibeho crisis
    Collapse of the national unity government
    Refugees and the Kivu cockpit
    North Kivu: ethnicity and the land conflict
    South Kivu: the Banyamulenge and the memories of 1965
    Impact of the Rwandese refugees on the Kivus
    Burundi factor
    General Kagame goes to war
    3: Congo Basin, Its Interlopers, And Its Onlookers
    Into the Zairian vortex
    Interlopers
    Sudanese and Ugandans
    Far from the Great Lakes: the Angolan conflict
    Standing by, trying to keep out: three uneasy onlookers
    4: Winning A Virtual War (September 1996 - May 1997)
    Rwanda in Zaire: from refugee crisis to international war
    Laurent-Desire Kabila and the birth of AFDL
    Bogey of the multinational intervention force
    Refugee exodus
    Long walk into Kinshasa
    War and diplomacy
    Mining contracts: myths and realities
    Fate of the refugees
    5: Losing The Real Peace (May 1997 - August 1998)
    Kabila in power: a secretive and incoherent leadership
    Diplomacy and the refugee issue
    Economy: an ineffectual attempt at normalization
    Between Luanda and Brazzaville: the DRC's volatile west
    African environment
    Unquiet east: the Kivus and their neighbors
    6: Continental War (August 1998 - August 1999)
    Commander Kabarebe's failed Blitzkrieg
    Heading for an African war
    Kinshasa's friends: godfathers and discreet supporters
    Kinshasa's foes
    Fence-sitters and well-wishers
    Fighting down to a stalemate
    Behind and around the war: domestic politics, diplomacy and economics
    Lusaka "peace" charade
    7: Sinking Into The Quagmire (August 1999 - January 2001)
    War is dead, long live the war
    East: confused rebels in confused fighting
    Westwards: the river wars
    Rwanda drives south into Katanga
    Shaky home fronts
    Congo: an elusive search for national dialogue while the economy collapses
    Angola: the pressure begins to ease off
    Zimbabwe: trying to make the war pay for itself
    Rwanda and Uganda: the friendship grows violent
    International dimension: giving aid, monitoring the looting, and waiting for MONUC
    Mzee's assassination
    8: Not With A Bang, But With A Whimper: The War's Confused Ending (January 2001 - December 2002)
    Li'l Joseph's new political dispensation
    Diplomacy slowly deconstructs the continental conflict
    Actors start jockeying for position
    Negotiations, national dialogue, and disarmament in competition
    South African breakthrough
    Bumpy road toward a transitional government
    Economy: slowly crawling out of the abyss
    Eastern sore: the continental conflict shrinks into sub-regional anarchy
    9: From War To Peace: Congolese Transition And Conflict Deconstruction (January 2003-July 2007)
    Conflict's lingering aftermath (January 2003-December 2004 )
    Peripheral actors drop off
    Rwanda and Uganda refuse to give up
    Attempt at violently upsetting the transition
    Tottering forward in Kinshasa
    Slouching toward Bethlehem: the transition slowly turns into reality (January 2005-November 2006)
    Pre-electoral struggles
    DDRRR, SSR, and assorted security headaches
    Elections
    Morning after syndrome (November 2006-July 2007)
    Risk of internal political paralysis
    Economy: donors, debts, and the Great Mining Robbery
    East refuses to heal
    10: Groping For Meaning: The "Congolese" Conflict And The Crisis Of Contemporary Africa
    War as an African phenomenon
    Purely East African origins of the conflagration
    Antigenocide, the myth of the "new leaders," and the spread of democracy in Africa: the world projects its own rationale on the situation
    New Congo, between African renaissance and African imperialism
    From crusading to looting: the new leaders age quickly
    War as seen by the outside world
    What did all the diplomatic agitation achieve?
    Moral indignation in lieu of political resolve
    Attempt at a philosophical conclusion
    Appendix 1: Seth Sendashonga's murder
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 469-514) and index.
    Abbreviations -- Glossary -- Maps -- Introduction -- 1: Rwanda's Mixed Season Of Hope (July 1994 - April 1995) -- Immediate aftermath -- Politics of national unity -- Justice and the killings -- Rwanda outside Rwanda: the world of the refugee camps -- International community's attitudes -- 2: From Kibeho To The Attack On Zaire (April 1995 - October 1996) -- Kibeho crisis -- Collapse of the national unity government -- Refugees and the Kivu cockpit -- North Kivu: ethnicity and the land conflict -- South Kivu: the Banyamulenge and the memories of 1965 -- Impact of the Rwandese refugees on the Kivus -- Burundi factor -- General Kagame goes to war -- 3: Congo Basin, Its Interlopers, And Its Onlookers -- Into the Zairian vortex -- Interlopers -- Sudanese and Ugandans -- Far from the Great Lakes: the Angolan conflict -- Standing by, trying to keep out: three uneasy onlookers -- 4: Winning A Virtual War (September 1996 - May 1997) -- Rwanda in Zaire: from refugee crisis to international war -- Laurent-Desire Kabila and the birth of AFDL -- Bogey of the multinational intervention force -- Refugee exodus -- Long walk into Kinshasa -- War and diplomacy -- Mining contracts: myths and realities -- Fate of the refugees -- 5: Losing The Real Peace (May 1997 - August 1998) -- Kabila in power: a secretive and incoherent leadership -- Diplomacy and the refugee issue -- Economy: an ineffectual attempt at normalization -- Between Luanda and Brazzaville: the DRC's volatile west -- African environment -- Unquiet east: the Kivus and their neighbors -- 6: Continental War (August 1998 - August 1999) -- Commander Kabarebe's failed Blitzkrieg -- Heading for an African war -- Kinshasa's friends: godfathers and discreet supporters -- Kinshasa's foes -- Fence-sitters and well-wishers -- Fighting down to a stalemate -- Behind and around the war: domestic politics, diplomacy and economics -- Lusaka "peace" charade -- 7: Sinking Into The Quagmire (August 1999 - January 2001) -- War is dead, long live the war -- East: confused rebels in confused fighting -- Westwards: the river wars -- Rwanda drives south into Katanga -- Shaky home fronts -- Congo: an elusive search for national dialogue while the economy collapses -- Angola: the pressure begins to ease off -- Zimbabwe: trying to make the war pay for itself -- Rwanda and Uganda: the friendship grows violent -- International dimension: giving aid, monitoring the looting, and waiting for MONUC -- Mzee's assassination -- 8: Not With A Bang, But With A Whimper: The War's Confused Ending (January 2001 - December 2002) -- Li'l Joseph's new political dispensation -- Diplomacy slowly deconstructs the continental conflict -- Actors start jockeying for position -- Negotiations, national dialogue, and disarmament in competition -- South African breakthrough -- Bumpy road toward a transitional government -- Economy: slowly crawling out of the abyss -- Eastern sore: the continental conflict shrinks into sub-regional anarchy -- 9: From War To Peace: Congolese Transition And Conflict Deconstruction (January 2003-July 2007) -- Conflict's lingering aftermath (January 2003-December 2004 ) -- Peripheral actors drop off -- Rwanda and Uganda refuse to give up -- Attempt at violently upsetting the transition -- Tottering forward in Kinshasa -- Slouching toward Bethlehem: the transition slowly turns into reality (January 2005-November 2006) -- Pre-electoral struggles -- DDRRR, SSR, and assorted security headaches -- Elections -- Morning after syndrome (November 2006-July 2007) -- Risk of internal political paralysis -- Economy: donors, debts, and the Great Mining Robbery -- East refuses to heal -- 10: Groping For Meaning: The "Congolese" Conflict And The Crisis Of Contemporary Africa -- War as an African phenomenon -- Purely East African origins of the conflagration -- Antigenocide, the myth of the "new leaders," and the spread of democracy in Africa: the world projects its own rationale on the situation -- New Congo, between African renaissance and African imperialism -- From crusading to looting: the new leaders age quickly -- War as seen by the outside world -- What did all the diplomatic agitation achieve? -- Moral indignation in lieu of political resolve -- Attempt at a philosophical conclusion -- Appendix 1: Seth Sendashonga's murder -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

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    English
    ISBN
    9780195374209
    0195374207 (hardback : alk. paper)
    Physical Description
    xxxviii, 529 p. : maps ; 25 cm.

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