Congo, Democratic Republic of the

  • Barry Turner
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Bantu tribes migrated to the Congo basin from the northwest in the first millennium AD, forming several kingdoms and many smaller forest communities. Congo emerged as a kingdom on the Atlantic coast in the 14th century. King Nzinga Mbemba entered into diplomatic relations with Portugal after 1492. Christian missionaries, who baptized the king Affonso, caused divisions in Kongo society; the Portuguese were expelled in 1526, only to be welcomed back after attacks by the Jagas in the late 16th century.


Security Council Democratic Republic Presidential Election Congo Basin Transitional Government 
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Further Reading

  1. Gondola, Didier, The History of Congo. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, 2003Google Scholar
  2. Hochschild, Adam, King Leopold’s Ghost: A Study of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa. Macmillan, London, 1999Google Scholar
  3. Melson, Robert, Genocide and Crisis in Central Africa: Conflict Roots, Mass Violence and Regional War. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, 2001Google Scholar
  4. Renton, David, The Congo: Plunder and Resistance. Zed Books, London, 2006Google Scholar
  5. Wrong, Michaela, In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congo. Fourth Estate, London, 2000Google Scholar

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