Congo: Een Geschiedenis

Congo: Een Geschiedenis

David van Reybrouck

The Democratic Republic of Congo at present ranks one of the world’s so much failed realms. Congo: The Epic background of a humans lines the historical past of this devastated country from the beginnings of the slave alternate via colonization, to the fight for independence and Mobutu’s brutal 3 a long time of rule. David Van Reybrouck ends with the civil warfare that has raged from 1996 to the current day—the deadliest considering that international battle II.

Van Reybrouck balances thousands of interviews with a various variety of Congolese with meticulous historic learn to build a multidimensional portrait of this kingdom and its humans. He brings nineteenth-century Africa to existence via little-known archival resources and examines the present clash and its connection to the infrequent earth mining required to make telephone phones.

Epic in scope but eminently readable, either penetrating and deeply relocating, Congo takes a deeply humane method of political background, focusing squarely at the Congolese point of view, and returning a nation?s historical past to its people.

“Remarkable. . . . Van Reybrouck pulls off the tough feat of conserving a breathtaking historical past of an unlimited and complicated country available, intimate and particular.”—Michela unsuitable, writer of within the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

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