The King Incorporated
Leopold the Second and the Congo
‘The term “failed state” is often abused. It applies to the Congo, however. The causes of this failure go back beyond the short-sighted nature of Belgian colonialism. They lie, ultimately, in the trauma inflicted on the peoples of the Congo basin by Leopold II, King of the Belgians, and his so-called “Congo Free State”. The brutalities and disruption brought about by the regime, in effect a private and personal colony whose single purpose was the extraction of wealth without regard to the human cost, were never overcome.’ - Neal Ascherson, from the Introduction
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‘Anyone who still believes in the white man’s burden should read this story of the Congo. It is a story of unmitigated evil.’ - A. J. P. Taylor