A native of the Congo, Depelchin was educated internationally, beginning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the Lovanium University in Kinshasa before relocating to England to attend the University of London, to Italty to attend Johns Hopkins University and to the United States to attend Stanford University. After completing his education, he taught African History at a number of universities in the United States, in his home country, in Mozambique and Tanzania.
Depelchin worked as a secretariat for the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo, which helped bring Laurent-Désiré Kabila to power. From 1996-2002, he was a member of the Rally for Congolese Democracy, opposing Kabila, being identified in 2000 by The New York Times as among the group's leaders.
- Reclaiming African History
- From the Congo Free State to Zaire: 1885 - 1974, 1999
- Silences in African History, 2000
- Michigan State University Press Authors Biography for Jacques Depelchin
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- Depelchin, Jacques (2011-01-01). Reclaiming African History. Cape Town: Pambazuka Press. ISBN 9781906387983.
- Depelchin, Jacques (2000-09-05). Silences in African History. Dar es-Salaam: Mkuki Na Nyota Publishers. ISBN 9789976973730.
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