The Congo : an Interview with David Apter by James S. Sutterlin
Regarded as one of the world's leading political scientists, David Apter (United States of America, 1924 – 2010) taught at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, the University of Chicago, the University of California and Yale University, where he held a joint appointment in political science and sociology, was a founding fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center. In addition to teaching, Mr. Apter did field research on development, democratization and political violence in Africa, Latin America, Japan and China.
During the Congo Crisis (1960-1966), Mr. Apter made several trips to the Congo to observe its path to independence. In this interview, conducted on 27 February 1991, he discussed his assessment of this period, described the personalities of the key political Congolese players at the time and gave his evaluation of the Congo's transition to independence.
POLITICAL HISTORY - FOREIGN POLICY - CONGO QUESTION - ORAL HISTORY - O'Brien, Conor Cruise - Lumumba, Patrice, 1925-1961 - Mobutu Sese Seko, 1930-1997 - Tshombe, Moise - Kasa-Vubu, Joseph, ca. 1915-1969 - Hammarskjöld, Dag, 1905-1961 - Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 - Nkrumah, Kwame - Gardiner, Robert K.A. (Robert Kweku Atta)
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