United Nations

Interview with: David Ernest Apter

27 February 1991 Pt. 1 (31: 21)
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27 February 1991 Pt. 2 (26: 42)
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(United States of America, 1924 – 2010)
Political Science Professor

Regarded as one of the world's leading political scientists, David Apter 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.


Posted in Congo Question, Development, Political Science

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