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Exterminate All the Brutes: One Man's Odyssey Into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide

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"Exterminate All the Brutes" is a searching examination of Europes dark history in Africa and the origins of genocide. Using Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness as his point of departure, Sven Lindqvist takes us on a haunting tour through the colonial past, interwoven with a modern-day travelogue. Retracing the steps of European explorers, missionaries, politicians, and historians in Africa from the late eighteenth century onward, the author exposes the roots of genocide in Africa via his own journey through the Saharan desert. As Lindqvist shows, fantasies not merely of white superiority but of actual extermination—"cleansing" the earth of the so-called lesser races—deeply informed European colonialism and racist ideology that ultimately culminated in Europes own Holocaust.

Chosen as one of the Best Books of 1998 by the New Internationalist, which called it "a beautifully written integration of criticism, cultural history, and travel writing, underpinned by a passion for social justice," "Exterminate All the Brutes" is a powerful reckoning with the past and an indispensable contribution to the literature of colonial Africa and European genocide.

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Sweden's Sven Lindqvist provides a unique study of Europe's dark history in Africa, written in the form of a travel diary. Lindqvist examines the legacy of European racism, setting Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS in context and helping us to understand that most terrifying of Conrad's lines "Exterminate all the brutes". 9 illus.

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Sven Lindqvist has published thirty books, including The Skull Measurers Mistake, A History of Bombing, and Terra Nullius (all available from The New Press). He holds a PhD in the history of literature from Stockholm University, an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, and an honorary professorship from the Swedish government. He lives in Stockholm. Joan Tate (1992–2000) translated more than two hundred books, including works by Ingmar Bergman, Kerstin Ekman, and Astrid Lindgren.

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Owen Lloyd, January 28, 2012 (view all comments by Owen Lloyd)
The author of this books helps us to understand that the Holocaust was no unique event. The extermination of the "lower races" to provide lebensraum for the "higher" was old hat by the 1930s. That this particular event happened in Germany was not surprising because it was a very late player in the colonial game and felt it had to assert itself somewhere to prove itself a nation of the higher races. With British navy controlling the seas and most of the best parts of the world already divvied up between the European powers, colonization at home seemed a practical choice. And a shocking choice to the other colonial powers only because it was so close to home.
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ISBN:
9781565843592
Translator:
Tate, Joan
Author:
Tate, Joan
Author:
Lindqvist, Sven
Publisher:
New Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Genocide
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Exterminate All the Brutes" is a searching examination of Europes dark history in Africa and the origins of genocide. Using Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness as his point of departure, Sven Lindqvist takes us on a haunting tour through the colonial past, interwoven with a modern-day travelogue. Retracing the steps of European explorers, missionaries, politicians, and historians in Africa from the late eighteenth century onward, the author exposes the roots of genocide in Africa via his own journey through the Saharan desert. As Lindqvist shows, fantasies not merely of white superiority but of actual extermination—"cleansing" the earth of the so-called lesser races—deeply informed European colonialism and racist ideology that ultimately culminated in Europes own Holocaust.

Chosen as one of the Best Books of 1998 by the New Internationalist, which called it "a beautifully written integration of criticism, cultural history, and travel writing, underpinned by a passion for social justice," "Exterminate All the Brutes" is a powerful reckoning with the past and an indispensable contribution to the literature of colonial Africa and European genocide.

"Synopsis" by , Sweden's Sven Lindqvist provides a unique study of Europe's dark history in Africa, written in the form of a travel diary. Lindqvist examines the legacy of European racism, setting Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS in context and helping us to understand that most terrifying of Conrad's lines "Exterminate all the brutes". 9 illus.
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