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Early in the imperial colonial period slavery was the chief reason for exploiting central Africa. King Leopold of Belgium ruthlessly but brilliantly exploited much of central Africa in the 19th century without regard for human suffering. When slavery became politically obsolete, ivory and later natural rubber was exploited using slave labor, blackmail, kidnapping, you name it. King Leopold personally benefited from this exploitation of the peoples and the environment. He managed to do so without raising concerns about the illegalities or moralities of his time. To this day much of what is in this book has been ignored by history.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   Early 1900's    -   19th century History of disaster/tragedy?    -   Yes Kind of disaster:    -   Slavery History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Africa

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Catholics! Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   Black Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   Nobility/Royalty Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa    -   Black Africa If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is moderately liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   10 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   9 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Length of book    -   350-400 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   9 ()

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