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1 of 5Imperialism: A Critical Look at Belgium and The CongoFiona RochedaleChamberlain University04/18/2021
2 of 5When it comes to the study of Imperialism and Social Darwinism, fewer examples ex-emplify these concepts quite like Belgium’s brutal involvement in the Congo. KingLeopold believed that without a colony, a nation could never achieve greatness or histor-ical significance. Additionally, he claimed that the ownership of a colony translated togreater economic possibilities and could help further Western civilization. Under theseassertions, and without the support of the Belgian government, he privately took controlof the Congo; part of Africa that was unclaimed by Europe. He did this by establishing asort of charity that acted as a front for his imperialist activities, painting himself as a phi-lanthropist who would promote humanitarian policies. In reality, his motives were muchdarker.During this “Scramble for Africa,” in a depressing twist of irony, King Leopold took

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Colonialism, Belgium, Leopold II of Belgium, The White Man s Burden, History of Belgium

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