African Interest

African Interest

Why Comrades Go to War Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africas Deadliest Conflict

Author: Philip G. Roessler and Harry Verhoeven

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Brief 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…

Brief 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.

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