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Congolese nationalism (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

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Congolese nationalism of Democratic Republic of the Congo, was also for a time known as Zairian nationalism during the rule of Mobutu Sese Seko. Congolese nationalism persists amongst the people of Democratic Republic of the Congo, in spite of civil war and the lack of a clear definition of what it means to be Congolese.[1]


The territory of the Congo was created by Belgian colonial rulers that borrowed the name used by the historic

  1. ^ a b c d e f Herb, Guntram H.; Kaplan, David H. (2008). Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview.  


[1] There have been critics of Zairian/Congolese nationalism who believe that it was a manipulative ploy by Mobutu to gain legitimacy for his rule, though this criticism has been challenged by the persistence of a post-Mobutu nationalism after the fall of Mobutu from power and the renaming of the country to the Democratic Republic of Congo.[1]

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