Analysis and Response to King Leopolds Ghost by Adam Hoschild

Analysis and Response to King Leopolds Ghost by Adam Hoschild

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Adam Hochschild. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. New York, New York: First Mariner Books, 1998. During the nineteenth and into the twentieth century Europe was in a scramble for new territories and colonies in Africa and Asia. Explorers from Britain, France, Italy, and later Germany, were all claiming land in the name of their home counties and it seemed the more colonies a Country had the more powerful it became. The book King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild tells the story of the Congo in Africa and how it became the site for one of the worst tragedies in modern world history. Also, Hochschild opens up a different point of view on the wave of new imperialism by European countries, different from that of which the general public is accustomed. King Leopold’s Ghost is a narrative taking place at the turn of the nineteenth century during the scramble for Africa. Hochschild depicts the actions of Belgium born Leopold the II and his tyrannical rule of the Congo in Africa. Leopold acquired this territory with the help of his partner and explorer Henry Morton Stanley, who mapped out the region. Leopold also got consent from other countries at the Conference of Berlin to be the private owner of the territory. He renamed it the Congo Free State and began his mission of greed and abuse against the Congo people. The Congo Free State became very profitable, exporting goods like rubber and ivory. During a visit by E.D. Morel a British journalist he noticed that while these goods were being exported hardly anything was being imported to the colony. Others were starting to take notice too, George Washington Williams, and African American historian and politician, was the first person to ever to investigate the Congo, his discoveries raised the red flag and soon others were joining to stop the abuse against the citizens of the Congo. World awareness and concern lead to the 1
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2008 for the course HIS 3555 taught by Professor Elder during the Spring '08 term at E. Illinois.

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Analysis and Response to King Leopolds Ghost by Adam Hoschild

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