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The Congo-Zaire experience, 1960-98
O'Ballance, Edgar.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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xxv, 205 pages : maps ; 23 cm
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DT658 .O28 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is the exciting saga of the second largest country in Africa, one which has had a full experience of civil wars, tribal uprisings, revolts, plots against Presidents, and separatist invasions since being suddenly plunged into independence in 1960. The book examines how a UN force stepped in to prevent the mineral-rich province of Katanga from breaking away, staying for nearly four years, after which quarrelling war lords fought for central power. In 1965 Mobutu came to power ruling as adictator of his Single Party State, until he was finally toppled in 1997 by a Tutsi-back invasion force led by Kabila.

Author Notes

Edgar O'Ballance served in the British and Indian armies during the Second World War, 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 is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Royal United Services Institute, and was formerly Chairman of the London-based Military Commentators' Circle.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. vi
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Chronologyp. xv
Mapsp. xx
1 The Belgian Congop. 1
2 Independence and Clashing Personalitiesp. 14
3 Lumumba the Legend: 1960-61p. 30
4 ONUC versus Katanga and Others: 1961-92p. 47
5 Prime Minister Tshombep. 64
6 The NLC in Retreatp. 80
7 Plots, Mutiny and Revoltp. 95
8 The First Invasion of Shaba: 1977p. 108
9 The Second Invasion of Shabap. 123
10 The Single Party Statep. 139
11 Genocide in Burundi and Rwandap. 148
12 The End of the Mobutu Erap. 163
13 The Democratic Republic of the Congop. 177
14 Bleak Prospectsp. 190
Bibliographyp. 194
Indexp. 195