Roger Casement

Roger Casement

by Brian Inglis

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Roger Casement by Brian Inglis

This masterly biography examines the fascinating and contradictory career of Roger Casement, one of the most controversial figures of the last century.

Roger Casement was brought up as a Protestant in Dublin and began his extraordinary career as one of Stanley's volunteers in the Congo Free State. During his time in Africa, he exposed King Leopold II's exploitation of the natives and went on to reveal the ruthlessness of the British in South America, for which he received a knighthood. In Germany after the outbreak of the First World War he claimed Ireland's right to recognition to independent nationhood; he returned to Ireland in 1916 in a U-boat, was captured, taken to London, tried and hanged as a traitor. To further blacken his name the British government released what purported to be his diaries, which demonstrated that he had been a practising homosexual. Controversy still rages today as to whether or not these were forgeries.

In this absorbing study, Brian Inglis throws new light on Casement's life, examining evidence from Foreign Office files to discover the truth about his influence at home and abroad. He explores the contradictions -- political, religious and personal -- of a man whose life posed many questions that continue to be asked today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141391274
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 03/01/2003
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction13
Part 1King Leopold's Congo, 1884-190519
1The Dark Continent21
2On Her Majesty's Service33
3Into the Interior54
4The Congo Report77
5Disillusionment91
Part 2John Bull's other Island, 1905-1910107
1The Dream of the Celt109
2Sinn Fein122
3The Commission's Report134
4Santos151
5Para158
6Rio161
Part 3The Devil's Paradise, 1910-1913169
1Julio Cesar Arana171
2The Putumayo Report182
3Iquitos Revisited192
4Publication198
5The Select Committee207
Part 4Craig's Ulster, 1913-1914219
1Retirement221
2The Volunteers241
Part 5War, 1914-1916261
1America263
2Norway263
3Germany279
4Ireland308
Part 6On Trial, 1916315
1Examination317
2Judgment336
3Execution352
Part 7The Ghost of Roger Casement371
1The Forgery Controversy373
2Achievement389
Appendix ICasement's Speech from the Dock, 1916403
Appendix II'Shall Roger Casement Hang?'413
Bibliography417
Acknowledgments427
Index428

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