A Dance of Assassins: Performing Early Colonial Hegemony in the Congo Allen F. Roberts

ISBN: 9780253007438

Published: December 1st 2012

Hardcover

328 pages


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A Dance of Assassins: Performing Early Colonial Hegemony in the Congo  by  Allen F. Roberts

A Dance of Assassins: Performing Early Colonial Hegemony in the Congo by Allen F. Roberts
December 1st 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 328 pages | ISBN: 9780253007438 | 7.49 Mb

A Dance of Assassins presents the competing histories of how Congolese Chief Lusinga and Belgian Lieutenant Storms engaged in a deadly clash while striving to establish hegemony along the southwestern shores of Lake Tanganyika in the 1880s. WhileMoreA Dance of Assassins presents the competing histories of how Congolese Chief Lusinga and Belgian Lieutenant Storms engaged in a deadly clash while striving to establish hegemony along the southwestern shores of Lake Tanganyika in the 1880s.

While Lusinga participated in the east African slave trade, Storms secret mandate was to meet Henry Stanleys eastward march and trace a white line across the Dark Continent to legitimize King Leopolds audacious claim to the Congo. Confrontation was inevitable, and Lusinga lost his head. His skull became the subject of a sinister evolutionary treatise, while his ancestral figure is now considered a treasure of the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

Allen F. Roberts reveals the theatricality of early colonial encounter and how it continues to influence Congolese and Belgian understandings of history today.



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