1880-1914 1945 and after

The Belgian Colonial Empire, 1914-1945

C.) Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi

During World War I, Belgian troops coming from the Belgian Congo invaded German East Africa. After the war, the territories of Ruanda and Urundi were given to Belgium as a mandate by the League of Nations (1923). Belgian Congo in 1919-1930 went through an economic boom (export of copper and of tropical products). When Belgium was occupied by German troops in 1941, the army of Belgian Congo and RUANDA-URUNDI sided with the allies.

Belgian Paternalism, from Library of Congress, Country Studies : Zaire
Zaire : History, from infoplease, encyclopedic, scroll down

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First posted on January 4th 2002, last revised on November 11th 2004