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The Resource Dancing in the glory of monsters : the collapse of the Congo and the great war of Africa, Jason K. Stearns

Dancing in the glory of monsters : the collapse of the Congo and the great war of Africa, Jason K. Stearns

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Dancing in the glory of monsters : the collapse of the Congo and the great war of Africa
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Dancing in the glory of monsters
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the collapse of the Congo and the great war of Africa
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Jason K. Stearns
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eng
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  • This volume presents an account of the wars in the African nation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 1996-2003. This conflict devastated the country and is sometimes referred to as the "African world war" because it involved nine African nations and twenty armed groups. Despite the signing of peace accords in 2003, fighting continued in the east of the country in 2007. There, the prevalence of rape and other sexual violence has been described as the worst in the world. The war is the world's deadliest conflict since the Chinese Civil War, killing 5.4 million people since 1998. More than 90% were not killed in combat, dying instead from malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition, aggravated by displaced populations living in unsanitary and over-crowded conditions that lacked access to shelter, water, food and medicine. Forty seven percent of those deaths were children under five. Until today the ongoing conflicts exacerbate the exhaustion of the country's great agricultural potential. Conflict for control of the mineral wealth is behind some of the most violent atrocities
  • At the heart of Africa is Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal and unstaunchable war in which millions have died. And yet, despite its epic proportions, it has received little sustained media attention. In this deeply reported book, Jason Stearns vividly tells the story of this misunderstood conflict through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. He depicts village pastors who survived massacres, the child soldier assassin of President Kabila, a female Hutu activist who relives the hunting and methodical extermination of fellow refugees, and key architects of the war that became as great a disaster as- and was a direct consequence of - the genocide in neighboring Rwanda. Through their stories, he tries to understand why such mass violence made sense, and why stability has been so elusive. Through their voices, and an astonishing wealth of knowledge and research, Stearns chronicles the political, social, and moral decay of the Congolese State. - Publisher description
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Stearns, Jason K
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  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Political violence
  • Ethnic conflict
  • War and society
  • Genocide
  • Massacres
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Violence politique
  • Facteurs ethniques
  • Génocide
  • Guerres civiles
  • Relations interethniques
  • Afrique centrale
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Genocide
  • Massacres
  • Political violence
  • War and society
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Demokratische Republik Kongo
  • Ethnizität
  • Politik
  • Gewalt
  • Völkermord
  • Massaker
  • Kongo (Demokratische Republik)
  • Politiskt våld
  • Etniska konflikter
  • Kongo (Kinshasa)
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Dancing in the glory of monsters : the collapse of the Congo and the great war of Africa, Jason K. Stearns
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
Understanding the violence -- Prewar. The legacy of genocide ; Aiding and abetting ; A country in ruins ; Six days ; Onion layers ; Mzee -- The first war. Many wars in one ; The dominoes fall ; A thousand miles through the jungle ; This is how you fight ; A wounded leopard ; The King is Dead, long live the King -- The second war. One war too many ; The rebel professor ; The rebel start-up ; Cain and Abel ; Sorcerers' apprentices ; The assassination of Mzee ; Paying for the war -- Neither war nor peace. The bearer of eggs -- The Congo, on its own terms
Control code
657595549
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxvi, 380 pages
Isbn
9781610391078
Lccn
2010043075
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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Master record variable field(s) change: 300
Other control number
40019165400
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maps
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(OCoLC)657595549
Label
Dancing in the glory of monsters : the collapse of the Congo and the great war of Africa, Jason K. Stearns
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Understanding the violence -- Prewar. The legacy of genocide ; Aiding and abetting ; A country in ruins ; Six days ; Onion layers ; Mzee -- The first war. Many wars in one ; The dominoes fall ; A thousand miles through the jungle ; This is how you fight ; A wounded leopard ; The King is Dead, long live the King -- The second war. One war too many ; The rebel professor ; The rebel start-up ; Cain and Abel ; Sorcerers' apprentices ; The assassination of Mzee ; Paying for the war -- Neither war nor peace. The bearer of eggs -- The Congo, on its own terms
Control code
657595549
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxvi, 380 pages
Isbn
9781610391078
Lccn
2010043075
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 300
Other control number
40019165400
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)657595549

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