King leopolds ghost analysis
It is a thoughtful book, with Hochschild generally reminding the reader of the dangers the text poses, e. Morel condemned himself and his family to a life near poverty because of his tireless work for the African cause.
King leopolds soliloquy summary
Other foreign places had been taken, such as India, the Americas, Australia, and Pacific islands. He fell sick several times, with both malaria and other unknown fevers. For most of the late Victorian era, Leopold II was an internationally acclaimed philanthropist and humanitarian. It is a wild and unpleasant story of a man's capacity for evil and the peculiar manifestation of it. In , the area was annexed by Belgium as a colony known as the Belgian Congo. Rubber harvesting is labor-intensive and slavery, exploitation and the reign of terror continued and even increased. He changes not just his name, but his entire history, claiming, inaccurately, that he escaped the workhouse during a violent mutiny and that his employer adopted him as a son. Administration officials so completely dehumanized local peoples that at least one decorated his flower garden with a border of severed human heads. All credit is due to Hochschild, who displays a mastery of material and a lightness of touch that stand in sharp contrast to the horror of what he describes.
To begin our story, we must go back years, to some of the earliest interactions between Europeans and Africans. Leopold died not long after in He converted the Emperor of Uganda to Christianity, massacred local tribes, and doled out strict punishments for his own people.
A reminder of the horrors of colonialism in any form, and of the consequences of power corrupting, here as everywhere, absolutelythis is required reading for anyone not familiar with the story.
All credit is due to Hochschild, who displays a mastery of material and a lightness of touch that stand in sharp contrast to the horror of what he describes. In order to achieve his dream, King Leopold II wanted to be sure that no other country got in his way
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