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An Account of Deaths Foretold At the end of 19th Century our globe much like today was becoming integrated financially productively and culturally at a furious pace Congo then at the dawn of a new century played a major role that has affected the turnout of our time Much like today the heart of Africa in the 19th century was the area of turbulent transformations that appeared in the beginning to have little to do with the First World or more developed world But in fact in many ways the multiple crises in the Congo had and is deeply affected the developing world then and now Adam Hochschilds brilliant history King Leopolds Ghost goes a long way to remedy our innocent ignorance Hochschild reminds us that the Congo was the source of some of the finest and most opprobrious of the 19th Centurys political literary and humanitarian figures that would do much to define the next century and its consciousness Belgiums King Leopold who colonized the Congo as his personal company may well have been responsible for the death of more than 10 million Africans This would rank him among the worst of the merchant politicians of that era It can also be said that he bears the burden for the scramble of Africa which helped instigate the imperialist competition that contributed to World War I Let us assume that the end of the 19th century marked a pinnacle of global free trade integration like our present state if that is so then the middle of the 20th century may have marked the height of managed capitalisms golden age in the West and the beginning of the Cold War With that the Congo also played an important role as a site of one of that wars warmer moments The United Nations first extensive effort to keep peace and construct state capacity in the wake of colonialisms biggest tragedy collapsed as it fell
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