Lord Leverhulme's Ghosts
Colonial Exploitation in the Congo
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Lord Leverhulme's Ghosts by Jules Marchal
Book DescriptionIn 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 inhabitants 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844672394
(233mm x 166mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jules Marchal
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The definitive account of exploitation in the Congo, introduced by Adam Hochschild
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Author Biography - Jules Marchal
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.""
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