The Story of the Congo Free State: Social, Political, and Economic Aspects of the Belgian System of Government in Central Africa

The Story of the Congo Free State: Social, Political, and Economic Aspects of the Belgian System of Government in Central Africa

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The Story of the Congo Free State: Social, Political, and Economic Aspects of the Belgian System of Government in Central Africa

The Story of the Congo Free State: Social, Political, and Economic Aspects of the Belgian System of Government in Central Africa

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As a student of Mid-African affairs for the past seven years, and a close observer of the rapid progress toward complete civilisation now being made in that part of the world, I have felt it my duty to lay before my countrymen the true and complete story of the conception, formation, and development of the Congo Free State.

At a period of such bitter controversy concerning the government of the Congo Free State as the present, it is necessary that I should explain the circumstances under which I add this volume to the literature of that subject.

During a residence of several years in the United Kingdom, I could not fail to observe the growth there of an organised campaign against the Congo Free State. That a small section of the British public, interested in the rubber trade, should by subtle means seek to delude or should even succeed in deluding, the great British nation so completely as to obtain general credence for its stories of cruelty and oppression alleged against King Leopold's government failed to move me. It was not my concern, while enjoying the hospitality of England, to criticise the way in which her religious organisations were being used to further the selfish aims of a . . .

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