A Working Class in the Making: Belgian Colonial Labor Policy, Private Enterprise, and the African Mineworker, 1907-1951

A Working Class in the Making: Belgian Colonial Labor Policy, Private Enterprise, and the African Mineworker, 1907-1951

by John Higginson
     
 

For colonial administrators and the Belgian banks, the Belgian Congo was an immensely rich source of raw materials; diamonds, gold, manganese, oils, nuts, tobacco, peanuts, etc.  One of the major forms of exploitation of the Congo was the effort to set up mining companies and to force Africans to work in the mines to extract these resources.  Focusing on

Overview

For colonial administrators and the Belgian banks, the Belgian Congo was an immensely rich source of raw materials; diamonds, gold, manganese, oils, nuts, tobacco, peanuts, etc.  One of the major forms of exploitation of the Congo was the effort to set up mining companies and to force Africans to work in the mines to extract these resources.  Focusing on the most powerful of these mining companies—the Union Minière du Haut-Katange, John Higginson provides a detailed history of the relationship between the company and the African workers from 1907 through 1951

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
One of the most important forms of colonial exploitation of the Belgian Congo was the effort to set up mining companies and to force African workers to extract the mineral resources coveted by Europe. Focusing on the largest and most powerful of these mining companies, Higginson (history, Northern Illinois U.) details the historic relationship between the African workers and the company. Cloth edition (unseen), $40. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299120740
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
12/01/1990
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

John Higginson is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >