Powerpoint_Intro_Lect_7 - Belgium went from victimizer to...

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Death Toll in Leopold’s Congo: 1880 to 1920 Causes of death Murder Starvation, exhaustion and exposure Introduced diseases Reductions in the birth rate Total Reduction in the Population 10 million or 50% of the population
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Leopold’s Take From the Congo 110 million francs in forgiven debt 45.5 million francs to complete pet projects 50 million francs “as a mark of gratitude for his great sacrifices made for the Congo.” Plus 1.1 billion dollars in profits
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Mechanisms of the Great Forgetting No exhibits of atrocities in Belgian museums No monuments in Belgium to the slaughtered Archives of the Congo free state were burned Participants engaged in active forgetting
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Unformatted text preview: Belgium went from victimizer to victim in WW II Belgium rewrote African textbooks Collaborators distorted African oral histories Belgium sealed any remaining records The Colonial Legacy 10's of millions killed Indigenous political and economic systems disrupted or destroyed Massive environmental impacts Local elite collaborators gain power Womens rights weakened Nation state boundaries which ignore previous ethnic and political divisions Uneducated populations Coltan Mining in the Congo Meta-Theoretical Assumptions Formal Sociological Theories Common-Sense Theories Empirical Reality...
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