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The Congo-Zaire Experience, 1960–98

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 1-13
  3. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 14-29
  4. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 30-46
  5. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 47-63
  6. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 64-79
  7. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 80-94
  8. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 95-107
  9. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 108-122
  10. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 123-138
  11. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 139-147
  12. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 148-162
  13. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 163-176
  14. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 177-189
  15. Edgar O’Ballance
    Pages 190-193
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 194-205

About this book


A fascinating account of a huge Central African country, almost completely unprepared for liberation from colonial rule in 1960 and plunged into the anarchy of factional struggles for central power, against a background of regional separatism. A UN force stepped in to prevent the mineral-rich province of Katanga from breaking away and stayed for nearly four years, after which quarrelling warlords fought for central power, or for or against separatism. In 1965, Mobutu came to power, ruling as a dictator his Single-Party State, until he was finally toppled in 1997 by a Tutsi-backed invasion force led by Kabila.


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About the authors

EDGAR O'BALLANCE served in the British and Indian armies during World War II, reaching the rank of Colonel. He worked as a journalist from 1948 to 1962 for a US Wire Agency, and since then as a freelance journalist. He has covered over 20 wars and insurgencies and written extensively on international relations, defence and strategic problems. He is a member of the IISS, RUSI, and the former Chairman of the London-based Military Commentators' Circle.

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'...a timely work that can shed some light on the ongoing conflict in that country.' - Mathurin C. Houngnikpo, African Studies Review