King leopolds ghost a story of greed terror and heroism in colonial africa adam hochschild on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers 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. King leopolds ghost is the story of congo free state a colony owned outright not by a european country but by a single monarch king leopold ii of belgium the state an area almost 30 times the size of belgium existed for 23 years 1885 1908 and was run solely for profit mainly from ivory and rubber. King leopolds ghost a story of greed terror and heroism in colonial africa homework help questions what insight does the rule of leopold ii provide into motivations and means of european. Listen to the yell of leopolds ghost burning in hell for his hand maimed host hear how the demons chuckle and yell cutting his hands off down in hell content 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 . 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
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