King leopold realizes that europeans are profiting from african in general and the congo in particular and wants his share of the booty how he does that and the aftermath is the story of this book i would have enjoyed gaining a more nuanced understanding of the culture, communities, and detail related to what was happening “on the ground” in the congo. Hochschild compares king leopold ii to one of shakespeare’s evil villains he regrets he has few materials to tell the story from the african point of view though the mass killings happened between 1890 and 1910, the roots of it go back five hundred years to when whites first discovered africa. King leopold's ghost was a finalist for the national book critics circle award, as was his recent to end all wars his bury the chains was a finalist for the national book award and won the los angeles times book prize and pen usa literary award. King leopold's ghost is an exemplary piece of history-writing: urgent, vivid and compelling — literary review magazine robin blackburn this true story of the congo is 'full of fascinating characters, intense drama, high adventure, courageous truth-telling, and splendid moral fervor .
In the late 19th century, king leopold ii of belgium decided that he wanted to make belgium a major empire by acquiring territory in africa leopold was an intelligent and ruthless man who wasn’t afraid to lie or kill in order to expand belgium’s power. This chapter begins the story of sir henry morton stanley, the explorer who finally conquered the congo river in the nineteenth century he was financially supported by king leopold, who secretly purchased the congo and developed its infrastructure before anyone was aware of his intentions morton. Leopold ii, king of the belgians, privately controlled and owned the congo free state from 1885 to 1908 in 1908, the area was annexed by belgium as a colony known as the belgian congo leopold used his personal control to strip the county of vast amounts of wealth, largely in the form of ivory and rubber.
The reign of king leopold and the extravagant story of his acquisition of the congo is explored in adam hochschild's book entitled, king leopold's ghost.
King leopold’s ghost by adam hochschild question 1 between 1880 and 1920, the population of the congo was slashed in half: some ten million people were victims of murder, starvation, exhaustion, exposure, disease, and a plummeting birth rate. King leopold's ghost is the book that re-exposed the atrocities leopold committed against the congo between 1880 and 1910 - atrocities that sank out of sight after they were finally stopped an estimated ten million congolese died during that time. King leopold's ghost king leopold’s ghost is a non-fiction, narrative type of historical account of the king of belgium leopold ii and his conquest of the congo - king leopold's ghost introduction adam hochschild’s motivation in writing the book was to make people aware of what happened in the congo and what effects colonialism had on the african nation.
King leopold ii of belgium exploited and ruined the congo between 1885 and 1908--just over 100 years ago eleven million people were killed, not for ideology of any kind, but for pursuit of one man's personal greed. King leopold's ghost: a story of greed, terror and heroism in colonial africa (1998) is a best-selling popular history book by adam hochschild that explores the exploitation of the congo free state by king leopold ii of belgium between 1885 and 1908, as well as the large-scale atrocities committed during that period.
Leopold ii is best known as the founder and owner of the ill-famed congo free state. Adam hochschild is the author of seven books king leopold's ghost was a finalist for the national book critics circle award, as was his recent to end all wars his bury the chains was a finalist for the national book award and won the los angeles times book prize and pen usa literary award he lives in berkeley, california.
Litcharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in king leopold’s ghost, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. The true story of how one man's greed led to one of the most horrific examples of european colonialism.