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Posted March 7, 2009
This book was extremely enlightening for a history, that of Belgian atrocities in nineteenth-century Africa, on which I had never before been knowledgeable. I recommend it to all scholars who are interested in this niche of historical research.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2009
Very good all the way up until not quite the end
This subject was new to me, and I enjoyed reading about it in this book. What i disliked is that, after hundreds of pages of interestingly written history, the writer finishes up with a number of pages of personal reflections on the political ramifications of the events in the book. The reason I didn't like it, though such an ending may be logical, is that it completely took me out of the narrative train. The conclusion could have been the beginning of a book on politics, and I did not want it at the end of my history book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2005
Not at all like a textbook
For the two weeks that I was reading the book, I was absorbed in the content. I was amazed this part of history had eluded the cirriculum. His chronology was a little scattered, but this can only be expected considering the communication and language barriers, as well as the reluctance of documentation, that had to have prevailed in the Congo. The most unfortunate part of the book (unfortunately!) was the conclusion. He had demonstrated his thesis and was on the home stretch, when he lost focus and started giving evidence that neutralized all of his strong points. A conclusion may be a good place to address some counter-evidence, but that is not exactly what he did. If the Belgian conquest was indeed no different than that of the rest of Europe, why make King Leopold the antagonist? I suggest reflecting on the book before you read the last chapter. Then, read it and try not to be disappointed. The book is otherwise a clean reference (not a textbook by any means) that should serve well the reader with an interest in the topic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2009
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