King Leopold's Ghost

Download or Read eBook King Leopold's Ghost PDF written by Adam Hochschild and published by Picador. This book was released on 2019-05-14 with total page 474 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
King Leopold's Ghost

Book Synopsis King Leopold's Ghost by : Adam Hochschild

With an introduction by award-winning novelist Barbara Kingsolver In the late nineteenth century, when the great powers in Europe were tearing Africa apart and seizing ownership of land for themselves, King Leopold of Belgium took hold of the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. In his devastatingly barbarous colonization of this area, Leopold stole its rubber and ivory, pummelled its people and set up a ruthless regime that would reduce the population by half. . While he did all this, he carefully constructed an image of himself as a deeply feeling humanitarian. Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize in 1999, King Leopold’s Ghost is the true and haunting account of this man’s brutal regime and its lasting effect on a ruined nation. It is also the inspiring and deeply moving account of a handful of missionaries and other idealists who travelled to Africa and unwittingly found themselves in the middle of a gruesome holocaust. Instead of turning away, these brave few chose to stand up against Leopold. Adam Hochschild brings life to this largely untold story and, crucially, casts blame on those responsible for this atrocity.

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  • Publisher – Picador
  • Total Pages – 474
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  • ISBN-10 – 9781760785208
  • ISBN-13 – 1760785202

King Leopold's Ghost

Download or Read eBook King Leopold's Ghost PDF written by Adam Hochschild and published by HarperCollins. This book was released on 1999-09-03 with total page 405 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
King Leopold's Ghost

Book Synopsis King Leopold's Ghost by : Adam Hochschild

"An enthralling story . . . A work of history that reads like a novel." — Christian Science Monitor “As Hochschild’s brilliant book demonstrates, the great Congo scandal prefigured our own times . . . This book must be read and reread.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review In the late nineteenth century, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium carried out a brutal plundering of the territory surrounding the Congo River. Ultimately slashing the area’s population by ten million, he still managed to shrewdly cultivate his reputation as a great humanitarian. A tale far richer than any novelist could invent, King Leopold’s Ghost is the horrifying account of a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions. It is also the deeply moving portrait of those who defied Leopold: African rebel leaders who fought against hopeless odds and a brave handful of missionaries, travelers, and young idealists who went to Africa for work or adventure but unexpectedly found themselves witnesses to a holocaust and participants in the twentieth century’s first great human rights movement. A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A New York Times Notable Book

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  • Publisher – HarperCollins
  • Total Pages – 405
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780547525730
  • ISBN-13 – 0547525737

The Leopard, the Lion, and the Cock

Download or Read eBook The Leopard, the Lion, and the Cock PDF written by Matthew Stanard and published by Leuven University Press. This book was released on 2019-04-15 with total page 339 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
The Leopard, the Lion, and the Cock

Book Synopsis The Leopard, the Lion, and the Cock by : Matthew Stanard

Thought-provoking reflection on culture, colonialism, and the remainders of empire in Belgium after 1960 The degree to which the late colonial era affected Europe has been long underappreciated, and only recently have European countries started to acknowledge not having come to terms with decolonisation. In Belgium, the past two decades have witnessed a growing awareness of the controversial episodes in the country’s colonial past. This volume examines the long-term effects and legacies of the colonial era on Belgium after 1960, the year the Congo gained its independence, and calls into question memories of the colonial past by focusing on the meaning and place of colonial monuments in public space. The book foregrounds the enduring presence of “empire” in everyday Belgian life in the form of permanent colonial markers in bronze and stone, lieux de mémoire of the country’s history of overseas expansion. By means of photographs and explanations of major pro-colonial memorials, as well as several obscure ones, the book reveals the surprising degree to which Belgium became infused with a colonialist spirit during the colonial era. Another key component of the analysis is an account of the varied ways in which both Dutch- and French-speaking Belgians approached the colonial past after 1960, treating memorials variously as objects of veneration, with indifference, or as symbols to be attacked or torn down. The book provides a thought-provoking reflection on culture, colonialism, and the remainders of empire in Belgium after 1960.

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  • Publisher – Leuven University Press
  • Total Pages – 339
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  • ISBN-10 – 9789462701793
  • ISBN-13 – 9462701792

Consuming the Congo

Download or Read eBook Consuming the Congo PDF written by Peter Eichstaedt and published by Chicago Review Press. This book was released on 2011-07 with total page 260 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Consuming the Congo

Book Synopsis Consuming the Congo by : Peter Eichstaedt

Describes the "conflict minerals" mined in the Congo amidst armed conflict and human rights abuses including gold, diamonds, coltan, tin, and tungsten used in cell phones, computers, and other electronics. Explores the slave labor, violence, and disease killing millions of Congolese mining these resources, and offers ways one can help.

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  • Publisher – Chicago Review Press
  • Total Pages – 260
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  • ISBN-10 – 9781569769003
  • ISBN-13 – 1569769001

Bury the Chains

Download or Read eBook Bury the Chains PDF written by Adam Hochschild and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This book was released on 2006 with total page 500 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Bury the Chains

Book Synopsis Bury the Chains by : Adam Hochschild

This is the story of a handful of men, led by Thomas Clarkson, who defied the slave trade and ignited the first great human rights movement. Beginning in 1788, a group of Abolitionists moved the cause of anti-slavery from the floor of Parliament to the homes of 300,000 people boycotting Caribbean sugar, and gave a platform to freed slaves.

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  • Publisher – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Total Pages – 500
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  • ISBN-10 – 0618619070
  • ISBN-13 – 9780618619078