developing at an astonishing pace and national pride was growing in each

Developing at an astonishing pace and national pride

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developing at an astonishing pace, and national pride was growing in each European country. Furthermore, advances in medicine enabled Europeans to spend longer periods in the tropics free of illness. Industrial production was reaching such high levels that Europeans worried about over-production and finding consumers for all the goods that European industries were turning out. An economic downturn in the early 1870s brought some Europeans to look toward the nonindustrial world. They viewed these countries as both markets for their products and as suppliers of natural resources to fuel the industries. In addition, the strongest European countries began fearing what would happen to the balance of power if their rivals acquired colonies in Africa. Perhaps the most graphic and heartbreaking display of imperialism on the African continent took place in Central Africa in a region known as The Congo. Belgium (a relatively tiny European nation with few overseas colonies) was looking to get into the colonies game and the Congo was fabled to be a land full or riches and resources. The first country to claim control of it was sure to make themselves wealthy beyond imagination. Led by King Leopold (often times cited as the most benevolent and kind king in all of Europe), Belgium was downright ruthless in their seizure of Congo. The brutality inflicted on the people of the Congo, still affects the country today. You are going to be taking a week to read a portion of the book King Leopold’s Ghost - A Story Of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hothschild (he’s a professor at UC Berkeley too and wrote my favorite book on World War 1 titled To End All Wars if you’re interested) . Click here to download the reading and the assignment. You will need to complete the reading & assignment in order to participate in seminar the next week! Please do this! PLEASE READ THIS!
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