2 edition of King Leopold"s Congo found in the catalog.
King Leopold"s Congo
Ruth M. Slade
|LC Classifications||DT655 .S55|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xi, 230 p.|
|Number of Pages||230|
|LC Control Number||62004981|
Journalist-memoirist Hochschild (Finding the Trapdoor, , etc.) recounts the crimes against humanity of Belgium’s King Leopold II, whose brutal imperialist regime sparked the creation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and the first major human-rights protest movement of this -bent on building grandiose state monuments and palaces and on swelling royal coffers, Leopold.
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E-BOOK EXCERPT. In the early twentieth century, the worldwide rubber boom led British enterpreneur Lord Leverhulme to the Belgian Congo. Warmly welcomed by the murderous regime of King Leopold II, Leverhulme set up a private kingdom reliant on the horrific Belgian system of forced labor, a program that reduced the population of Congo by half and accounted for more deaths than the Nazi Holocaust.
Privately, however, Leopold aspired to rule over the land surrounding the Congo River in Africa, using the territory as a source of revenue for his country.
Leopold wanted Henry Morton Stanley, one of the most famous explorers of the era, to work for him in the Congo.
In the late s, Stanley sailed across the Congo River, becoming the first. King Leopolds Ghost. Welcome,you are looking at books for reading, the King Leopolds Ghost, you will able to read or download in Pdf or ePub books and notice some of author may have lock the live reading for some of ore it need a FREE signup process to obtain the book.
If it available for your country it will shown as book reader and user fully subscribe will benefit by having. King Lepold’s Ghost By Adam Hochschild. Adam Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost is a gripping account of a murder mystery — a mystery made all the more horrific because it involves an estimated 10 million victims.
Hochschild’s short book is simply one of the most powerful indictments of mass murder ever written, as well as a testament to how much influence even a single person acting. King Leopold’s Ghost Questions and Answers.
The Question and Answer section for King Leopold’s Ghost is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. King Leopold’s Ghost isn’t just a book about the Belgian occupation of the Congo in the late 19th century; it’s about the legacy of the Belgian occupation, and the legacy of Western imperialism in general.
Hochschild ties the death of Patrice Lumumba in the twentieth century to a history of (often violent) Western intervention abroad that stretches back centuries. King Leopold’s Ghost made me embarrassed to be human. I picked up this book because I have always wanted to know what really went on in the Congo with Patrice Lumumba back in the 50s, and why he was assassinatd in To gain the Church’s support, King Leopold claimed that he was trying to spread the Word and to do this he needed money to build roads, buildings and railroads.
His tactic was so successful that King Leopold used those money to secure his place in Congo and even funded a. King Leopold's Ghost Quotes Showing of “Most striking about the traditional societies of the Congo was their remarkable artwork: baskets, mats, pottery, Cited by: In the book King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild, King Leopold is the King of Belgium.
Leopold does not want to be King of Belgium because he believed that “the country he was to inherit seemed too small to hold him.” (King Leopold’s Ghost 36) King Leopold gives up his reign as King of Belgium in search for something better.
Adam Hochschild's "King Leopold's Ghost" is a lost historical account starting in the late 19th century continuing into the 20th century of the enslavement of an entire country. The book tells the story of King Leopold and his selfish attempt to essentially make Belgium bigger starting with the Congu This was all done under an elaborate "philanthropic" public relations.
This book must be read and reread."—Neal Ascherson The Los Angeles Times "A vivid, novelistic narrative that makes the reader acutely aware of the magnitude of the horror perpetrated by King Leopold and his minions." The New York Times "King Leopold’s Ghost is a remarkable achievement, hugely satisfying on many levels/5(86).
King Leopold II of Belgium was responsible for the deaths and mutilation of 10 million Congolese Africans during the late ’s. The spoils of modern day Belgium owes much to. King Leopolds Ghost King Leopold's Ghost tells a story of the Belgian King Leopold II and his misrule of an African colony, named (at the time) the Congo Free State.
It is a wild and unpleasant story of a man's capacity for evil and the peculiar manifestation of it. King Leopold's ghost: a story of greed, terror, and heroism in colonial Africa / Adam Hochschild. about the horrors of King Leopold's Congo would be given as far away as Australia.
In Italy, two men would fight a duel over the when I noticed a footnote in a book I happened to be reading. Often, when you come across something particularlyFile Size: 4MB.
King Leopold's reign in the Congo was so vicious that even the other colonial powers of the day had to condemn book is the story of a man that was so greedy- even the pretext of humanitarian aims were summarily ignored during his of the things I liked most about this book is that it deflates the hero status of people like Cited by: In King Leopold’s Ghost, Adam Hochschild has made readers aware of the horrendous events that took place in the Congo doing the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.
King Leopold II, the king of the Belgians, was the mastermind and director of what the author calls a stage play. Introduction King Leopold’s Ghost chronicles the horrifying and nearly forgotten crimes that took place in the Congo in the s.
Historian Adam Hochschild developed the story using an abundance of sources that take up eleven pages in the book’s bibliography, with much reliance on The Scramble for Africa, by Thomas Pakenham, and the four-volume History of the Congo, by Jules Marchal.
King Leopold would be enough for one documentary, as would Patrice Lumumba and Mobutu Sese Seko, both of whom are too quickly crammed into the. Adam Hochschild's King Leopold’s Ghost is a historical account of colonial exploitation of the Congo region of book details the genocide—an estimated ten million lives were lost.
How is this true of other individuals about whom Hochschild writes? In what way has this book affected your view of human nature? 3. The death toll in King Leopold’s Congo was on a scale comparable to the Holocaust and Stalin’s purges.
Can Leopold II be viewed as a precursor to the masterminds behind the Nazi death camps and the Gulag?The Congo Independent State, under the personal government of King Leopold, lasted from to In the first years of existence of the Congo State, when only a tiny part of the territory of the state was occupied, Leopold tried to extend his frontiers in all directions.On this day inKing Leopold II of Belgium established the Congo as a personal possession.
Until the s, few Europeans had ventured into the Congo.