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The Absence of Institutional Authority – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns

August 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Bureaucracy, Colonialism, Congo, History, Politics, War, WW2

instead of being a story of a brutal bureaucratic machine, the Congo is a story of the opposite: a country in which the state has been eroded over centuries and where once the fighting began, each community seemed to have its own militia, fighting brutal insurgencies and counterinsurgencies with each other. It was more like seventeenth-century Europe and the Thirty Years’ War than Nazi Germany.

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