King Leopold s Ghost

King Leopold s Ghost


  • Release: 1999-09-03
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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  • File: PDF, 400 page
  • ISBN: 9780547525730
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"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

Leopold and Mobutu

Leopold and Mobutu


  • Release: 2004
  • Publisher: Filigranes Editions
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  • File: PDF, 56 page
  • ISBN: UOM:39015062555522
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Photographs taken by Guy Tillim between December 2002 and September 2003 convey not only the tragedy of the land and people of today's République démocratique du Congo, but evoke the ghosts of the Congo Free State when King Leopold II's conquest and pillaging of the land and enslavement of its people reduced the population by nearly half. The Congo became the focus for one of the earliest human rights movements in the late 19th-early 20th century. The photographs and essay by Adam Hochschild suggest that Leopold's spirit lived and live on in familiar forms.

King Leopold s Soliloquy

King Leopold s Soliloquy


  • Release: 1970
  • Publisher: LeftWord Books
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  • File: PDF, 87 page
  • ISBN: 9788187496557
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Dear, dear, when the soft-hearts get hold of thing like that missionary's contribution they completely lose their tranquility they speak profanely and reproach Heaven for allowing such a find to live. Meaning me . They think it irregular. They go shuddering around, brooding over the reduction of that Congo population from 25,000,000 to 15,000,000 in the twenty years of my administration ; then they burst out and call me the King with Ten Million Murders on his Soul. They call me a 'record'.

To End All Wars

To End All Wars


  • Release: 2011-05-03
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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  • File: PDF, 480 page
  • ISBN: 0547549210
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World War I stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain’s leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britain’s most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other. Today, hundreds of military cemeteries spread across the fields of northern France and Belgium contain the bodies of millions of men who died in the “war to end all wars.” Can we ever avoid repeating history?

The Unquiet Ghost

The Unquiet Ghost


  • Release: 2003-02-04
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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  • File: PDF, 350 page
  • ISBN: 9780547524979
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An in-depth exploration of the legacy of Joseph Stalin on the former Soviet Union, by the author of King Leopold’s Ghost. Although some twenty million people died during Stalin’s reign of terror, only with the advent of glasnost did Russians begin to confront their memories of that time. In 1991, Adam Hochschild spent nearly six months in Russia talking to gulag survivors, retired concentration camp guards, and countless others. The result is a riveting evocation of a country still haunted by the ghost of Stalin. A New York Times Notable Book “An important contribution to our awareness of the former Soviet Union’s harrowing past and unsettling present.”—Los Angeles Times “A perceptive, intelligent book demonstrating that the significance of the gulag transcends the confines of one country and one generation.”—New York Times Book Review “This probing and sensitive book…casts striking new light upon the Russian past and present.”—Washington Post Book World “The voices [Hochschild] has recorded, the relics he has seen, are haunting—and the raw material of a terrific book.”—David Remnick, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lenin’s Tomb “No other work has brought home the full horror of this monstrous dictator’s rule than this close-up account.”—Daniel Schorr, former senior news analyst, National Public Radio

The Leopard  the Lion  and the Cock

The Leopard the Lion and the Cock


  • Release: 2019-04-15
  • Publisher: Leuven University Press
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  • File: PDF, 338 page
  • ISBN: 9789462701793
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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.

Unequal Partners

Unequal Partners


  • Release: 2020
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  • File: PDF, 288 page
  • ISBN: 9780226697550
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"Unequal Partners is a portrait of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur that takes readers between the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United States, and Belgium, illuminating how the nexus of gender, race, economic inequality, and colonial history plays out in transnational religious organizations. While much current scholarship on Catholic sisters focuses on the decline in numbers in the West, sociologist Casey Clevenger casts her gaze on the Global South, where female Catholic orders remain vital. While the numbers of sisters in the old centers of Catholic power are declining, most of their religious orders are still headquartered in Europe or the United States, embedded in a colonial past that influences how the orders operate in the Global South. Attuned to this long history, Clevenger skillfully places the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in their global and historical context, revealing the ways access to knowledge, power, resources, and the politics of development lie at the heart of this and any partnership between groups of people in the Global North and Global South. Bringing the sisters' voices to the fore, Clevenger leads us to an understanding of how this transnational organization has persisted over time as a coherent whole, avoiding the splintering that is an all-too-common fate for religious groups and weathering the tide of a changing world"--

Bury the Chains

Bury the Chains


  • Release: 2006
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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  • File: PDF, 468 page
  • ISBN: 0618619070
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Offers an account of the first great human rights crusade, which originated in England in the 1780s and resulted in the freeing of hundreds of thousands of slaves around the world.

King Leopold s Congo and the  Scramble for Africa

King Leopold s Congo and the Scramble for Africa


  • Release: 2018-03-01
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing
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  • File: PDF, 136 page
  • ISBN: 9781624666582
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"King Leopold of Belgium's exploits up the Congo River in the 1880s were central to the European partitioning of the African continent. The Congo Free State, Leopold's private colony, was a unique political construct that opened the door to the savage exploitation of the Congo's natural and human resources by international corporations. The resulting 'red rubber' scandal—which laid bare a fundamental contradiction between the European propagation of free labor and 'civilization' and colonial governments' acceptance of violence and coercion for productivity's sake—haunted all imperial powers in Africa. Featuring a clever introduction and judicious collection of documents, Michael Rutz's book neatly captures the drama of one king's quest to build an empire in Central Africa—a quest that began in the name of anti-slavery and free trade and ended in the brutal exploitation of human lives. This volume is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the history of colonial rule in Africa." —Jelmer Vos, University of Glasgow

King Leopold s Rule in Africa

King Leopold s Rule in Africa


  • Release: 2020-09-14
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  • File: PDF, 534 page
  • ISBN: 9354152988
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