Historical Dictionary of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
One of Africa's largest, most populated, and generously endowed countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has both dominated the surrounding region and been greatly affected by it as well. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has undergone a long period of war, and it appears that political renewal and economic recovery are bleak. Human security is likely to remain a distant dream for many years to come due to the prevalence and intensity of rape and other sexual violence, which is described as the worst in the world. The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Democratic Republic of the Congo looks back at the nearly 48 years of independence, over a century of colonial rule, and even earlier kingdoms and groups that shared the territory. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 800 cross-referenced dictionary entries on civil wars, mutinies, notable people, places, events, and cultural practices.
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Acronyms and Abbreviations
Guide to Name Changes
Appendix A Evolution of Provinces in Congo
Appendix B Rulers of Congo 18851960
Appendix C Rulers of Congo 19602009
About the Authors
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African Alliance des Forces Angola appointed army August Bandundu Banyamulenge became began Belgian Congo Belgium Brussels civil colonial Conference conﬂict Congo AFDL Congo River Congolais Congolese constitution country’s coup d’état December declined democratic transition Démocratie early eastern Congo economic elections exports Forces Démocratiques foreign former Gizenga human rights Hutu independence Ituri January Joseph Kabila June Kabila government Kasai Kasavubu Katanga Katanga Province Kengo Kengo wa Dondo Kimbangu Kinshasa Kisangani Kivu Kongo Central Lake late Laurent Kabila leaders Leopold Leopoldville Libération du Congo Lualaba Luba Lubumbashi Lunda major military million minerals mining Mobutu government Mobutu Sese Seko Mouvement Populaire Nationale Nguza Nkunda Nord-Kivu November October officers organizations parliament percent population president prime minister production Province rebellion rebels refugees region Republic of Congo République Rwanda secession SECOND CONGO WAR Shaba Sud-Kivu territory tion tons trade troops Tshisekedi Tshombe Tutsi UDPS Uganda Zaire Zairianization