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Author Roessler, Philip G.,
Title Why comrades go to war : liberation politics and the outbreak of Africa's deadliest conflict / Philip Roessler and Harry Verhoeven.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.

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Author Roessler, Philip G.,
Subject Political violence -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 20th century.
Ethnic conflict -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 20th century.
Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 1997-
Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Politics and government -- 1997-
Alt Name Verhoeven, Harry,
Description 1 online resource : maps (black and white)
Summary Drawing on hundreds of interviews with protagonists from Congo, Rwanda, Angola, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Africa, Belgium, France, the UK and the US, 'Why Comrades Go to War' offers a theoretical and empirical account of Africa's Great War. It argues that the seeds of Africa's Great War were sown in the revolutionary struggle against Mobutu - the way the revolution came together, the way it was organized, and, paradoxically, the very way it succeeded. In particular, the work argues that the overthrow of Mobutu proved a Pyrrhic victory because the protagonists ignored the philosophy of Julius Nyerere, the father of Africa's liberation movements.
Note Previously issued in print: 2016.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Audience Specialized.
Note Online resource; title from home page (viewed on April 24, 2017).
Contents Cover -- Half-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- 1. Introduction -- The Expulsion Order -- Africa's Fratricidal War -- The Argument -- Approach -- Contributions -- Plan of the Book -- Part I: The Argument -- 2. Liberation, Counter-Revolution and War -- The Liberation Struggle in African History -- Pan-Africanism -- Socialism -- Nationalism, Mass Political Organization and the Armed Struggle -- Continuity and Change: From Liberation to Neo-Liberation Movements -- Liberation: A Conceptual Framework
Defining and Measuring Liberation Regimes -- Classifying Liberation Governments in Post-Colonial Africa -- A Theory of Liberation and Regionalized Civil War in Post-Independence Africa -- Period 1: Colonialism -- Period 2: The Shock of World War II and the Rise of Liberation Regimes in Africa -- Period 3: Liberation Revolutions, Regional Polarization and Internationalized Civil War -- The Congo Crisis as Exemplar -- Conclusion: The End of Regional Polarization, Peace and the Puzzle of Africa's Deadliest Conflict
3. Winning the War, Losing the Peace: The Liberation of Zaire and the Outbreak of Africa's Great War -- Existing Explanations -- State Collapse and a War for Congo's Natural Resources -- All Roads Lead to Mobutu: Conflict Externalization in Central Africa -- Domestic Resistance to Foreign Intervention -- Fleeting Liberation: The Personalization of Power and Africa's Great War -- Our Argument: Sowing the Seeds of Its Own Destruction -- Part II: The War to End All Wars -- 4. The Gathering Storm: Mobutu's Zaire, the African Liberation Project and the Rwandan Patriotic Front
The State of Congo: Mobutu and "Neo-Colonial Africa -- The Pan-Africanist Liberation Project: Tanzania, Uganda and Beyond -- The Banyarwanda Question and the Rise to Power of the Rwandan Patriotic Front -- The Long Shadow of Colonial History -- The RPF Liberation Project -- The War of Liberation -- Post-Genocide Rwanda -- How the 1994 Cataclysm Shaped the Front -- Governing a Scorched Land -- The Refugee Camps in Zaire -- Conclusion -- 5. Comrades Preparing for War: The Alliance to Overthrow Mobutu -- The RPF's Dilemma, Laurent-Desire Kabila and the Road to War
The Mzee and the RPF: The Genesis of a Partnership -- Washington and the "New Bull in Central Africa -- The Pan-Africanists Come on Board: The Role of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda -- Uganda -- Tanzania, Ethiopia and Eritrea -- Conclusion: The Alliance des Forces Democratiques pour la Liberation du Congo-Zaire and the Lemera Agreement -- 6. The Campaign: The Sprint to Kinshasa and the Rwandan-Angolan Cold War -- Zero Hour: The Invasion of Zaire and the "Liberation" of the Refugee Camps -- Point of No Return: The Final Preparations -- Dismantling the Camps
ISBN 9780190686581 (ebook)
OCLC # 989709915
Additional Format Print version : 9780190611354.

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