• Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Key Historical Events. When the explorer Henry Stanley reached the mouth of the Congo in 1877, King Leopold II of the Belgians took the lead in exploring and exploiting the Congo Basin. The Berlin Conference of 1884–85 recognized King Leopold II as the sovereign head of the Congo Free State.

République du Zaïre


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Further Reading

  1. Leslie, W. J., Zaire: Continuity and Political Change in an Oppressive State. Boulder (CO), 1993Google Scholar
  2. MacGaffey, J., Entrepreneurs and Parasites: the Struggle for Indigenous Capitalism in Zaïre. CUP, 1988Google Scholar
  3. Williams, D. B. et al. Zaïre: [Bibliography] 2nd ed. Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1995Google Scholar
  4. Young, C. and Turner, T., The Rise and Decline of the Zaïrian State. Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1985Google Scholar

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