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In the early twentieth century, the worldwide rubber boom led British enterpreneur Lord Leverhulme to the Belgian Congo. Warmly welcomed by the murderous regime of King Leopold II, Leverhulme set up a private kingdom reliant on the horrific Belgian system of forced labor, a program that reduced the population of Congo by half and accounted for more deaths than the Nazi Holocaust. In this definitive, meticulously researched history, Jules Marchal exposes the nature of forced labor under Lord Leverhulme's rule and the appalling conditions imposed upon the people of Congo. With an extensive introduction by Adam Hochschild, Lord Leverhulme's Ghosts is an important and urgently needed account of a laboratory of colonial exploitation.

Synopsis:

The definitive account of early twentieth-century exploitation in the world's only privately owned colony.

About the Author

A former diplomat in the Belgian Congo, Jules Marchal (1924-2004) spent twenty years researching forced labor.Adam Hochschild is the author of the award-winning King Leopold's Ghost and Bury the Chains. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, and writes for, among other journals, New York Review of Books, Harper's and The Nation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844672394
Author:
Marchal, Jules
Publisher:
Verso
Translator:
Thom, Martin
Introduction by:
Hochschild, Adam
Introduction:
Hochschild, Adam
Author:
Thom, Martin
Author:
Hochschild, Adam
Subject:
Africa, central
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
244
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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