King Leopolds Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa.pdf

King Leopolds Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa PDF

Adam Hochschild

In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million—all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian. Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of the twentieth century, in which everyone from Mark Twain to the Archbishop of Canterbury participated. King Leopolds Ghost is the haunting account of a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions, a man as cunning, charming, and cruel as any of the great Shakespearean villains. It is also the deeply moving portrait of those who fought Leopold: a brave handful of missionaries, travelers, and young idealists who went to Africa for work or adventure and unexpectedly found themselves witnesses to a holocaust. Adam Hochschild brings this largely untold story alive with the wit and skill of a Barbara Tuchman. Like her, he knows that history often provides a far richer cast of characters than any novelist could invent. Chief among them is Edmund Morel, a young British shipping agent who went on to lead the international crusade against Leopold. Another hero of this tale, the Irish patriot Roger Casement, ended his life on a London gallows. Two courageous black Americans, George Washington Williams and William Sheppard, risked much to bring evidence of the Congo atrocities to the outside world. Sailing into the middle of the story was a young Congo River steamboat officer named Joseph Conrad. And looming above them all, the duplicitous billionaire King Leopold II. With great power and compassion, King Leopolds Ghost will brand the tragedy of the Congo—too long forgotten—onto the conscience of the West.

Results Page 9 Heroism Essay | Cram

6.87 MB DATEIGRÖSSE
9780618001903 ISBN
Kostenlos PREIS
King Leopolds Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa.pdf

Technik

PC und Mac

Lesen Sie das eBook direkt nach dem Herunterladen über "Jetzt lesen" im Browser, oder mit der kostenlosen Lesesoftware Adobe Digital Editions.

iOS & Android

Für Tablets und Smartphones: Unsere Gratis tolino Lese-App

Andere eBook Reader

Laden Sie das eBook direkt auf dem Reader im www.brookfieldgardencentre.com.au Shop herunter oder übertragen Sie es mit der kostenlosen Software Sony READER FOR PC/Mac oder Adobe Digital Editions.

Reader

Öffnen Sie das eBook nach der automatischen Synchronisation auf dem Reader oder übertragen Sie es manuell auf Ihr tolino Gerät mit der kostenlosen Software Adobe Digital Editions.

Aktuelle Bewertungen

avatar
Sofya Voigtuh

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, …

avatar
Mattio Müllers

With an introduction by award-winning novelist Barbara KingsolverIn the late nineteenth century, when the great powers in Europe were tearing Africa apart and seizing ownership of land for themselves, King Leopold of Belgium took hold of the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. In his devastatingly barbarous colonization of this area, Leopold stole its rubber and

avatar
Noels Schulzen

King Leopold's Ghost (Paperback). A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. By Adam Hochschild. Mariner Books, 9780618001903, 400pp. King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. Adam Hochschild, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $26 (384p) ISBN ...

avatar
Jason Leghmann

Dec 12, 2000 ... King Leopold's Ghost. A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. by Adam Hochschild. Boston: Mariner Books, 1998. King Leopold of Belgium, writes historian Adam Hochschild in this grim history, ... Cover for "King Leopold's Ghost : A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism ... real- life colonial administrator, and the barbarity is not one that is indigenous to Africa  ...

avatar
Jessica Kolhmann

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild explains the lead up to and the establishment of the Congo Free State under Belgium. Hochschild does so through many accounts of the life going on inside the Congo during the exploration of the Africa King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, …