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Postcards from Congo

A Graphic History

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The Democratic Republic of Congo, the second-largest country in Africa by area, has a fractured and bloody history, variously undone by decades of colonialism, civil war, corruption, and totalitarian rule. The country has played a crucial role in the economic growth of the Global North, but in doing so, has suffered immensely. So many seminal advances in technology were possible only through the extraction of materials from Congo, from rubber to copper to uranium to coltan. In each case, the Congolese people paid a great price exacerbated by the weight of colonial exploitation and dictatorial rule.

In this comprehensive graphic history, author and illustrator Edmund Trueman explores the fractious story of Congo. Through deft illustrations and storytelling, Congo’s history – not widely known to Western readers – comes vividly alive. We see how Congolese musicians have spread their language across Africa by creating some of the most popular music on the continent, and how Congolese women have spent decades sidestepping sexist legislation to become leaders in local business. From resistance against colonialism to the fight for independence and the self-determination to make a life in an almost stateless place, Postcards from Congo depicts how the Congolese people have resisted and survived in order to take control of their lives and the country they call home.

Includes a foreword by historian Didier Gondola, Professor of African History at John Hopkins University.

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Edmund Trueman

Edmund Trueman has been creating and selfpublishing underground comics for the last decade. He has written from his own experience about topics ranging from the refugee crisis to the squatting movement. Postcards from Congo is his first long-form graphic non-fiction work and his first work dealing with African history.
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Foreword by Dr. Didier Gondola, professor of African History at John Hopkins University. 5 $0.50

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Preface by author Edmond Trueman explaining his motivations behind the book and the choice to make it an illustrated history. 6 $0.60

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The Introduction provides an overview of the 150 year history of the modern state of the Democratic Republic of Congo, maps, and etymology. 3 $0.30

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This chapter explores the early history of the Congo region before colonization began in 1874. 10 $1.00

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This chapter explores the creation of the Congo Free State under King Leopold II of Belgium from 1874 to 1908. 10 $1.00

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The chapter follows the creation of the official colonial regime of the Belgian Congo from 1908 to 1930. 10 $1.00

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This chapter explores labour relations in Congo and the resource extraction of resources and physical bodies for Belgium up until the end of the Second World War. 10 $1.00

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This chapter follows the journey of the burgeoning Congolese nation to fight for and achieve Independence following the second world war until 1960. 10 $1.00

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The chapter follows the creation of the independent Republic of Congo and the ensuing political fall out between 1960 and 1961. 10 $1.00

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The chapter explores the Congo Crisis between 1961 and 1965. 10 $1.00

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The chapter explores the first decade of Mobutu’s rule over Zaire (formerly Congo) from 1965 to 1975. 10 $1.00

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The chapter follows the economic decline and infrastructure decay in Mobutu’s Zaire from 1975 until 1993. 10 $1.00

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The chapter follows the First Congo War from 1994 to 1997. 10 $1.00

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The chapter follows the Second Congo War from 1997 to 2003. 10 $1.00

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The chapter follows Congo in the first two decades of the twentieth century and its continued struggles for democracy. 10 $1.00

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The final chapter follows the Congo in recent years as it adjusts to new political realities and the evolving pandemics. 10 $1.00