Saturday, April 12, 2008

Back to History

I haven't done much in the way of history blogging recently. In a lazy effort to correct that, I present the following review of Adam Hochschild's King Leopold's Ghost:

Holy crap, what an amazing book!

We now return you to your regularly unscheduled brief posts about crocheting, basketball, and funn things my kids say.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous k :) said...

recognizing that I managed to avoid reading Hearts of Darkness back when ...

it sounds like this is the book that students should read _before_ they read HoD, so they have some hope of coping with HoD as literature instead of just as horrifically dark?

3:02 AM  
Anonymous kr said...

PS damn Eurpoeans were fucked up. It's astounding to me, every once in a while, to really assess the self-propaganda that developed around, what 1500/Reanissance?, (oh we are So Civilized) and the several hundred years it took before people started to really try to measure up to it (hmm ... WWI sucked ... oh, and look, WWII sucked too ... maybe ... _we_ are the problem! But let's hold on to those pockets of colonialism, they are just so convenient ... we'll just tidy up at home, alright? "Civilized" and all that, remember ... )

ARGH!

'wish America hadn't looked up so much to its cultural forebears on the "search and destroy" stuff : P.

3:11 AM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Hochschild's book talks a lot about HoD, basically assuming that anybody who wants the real story has already read the fictionalization.

Which reminds me, I've got to read that book again sometime.

10:39 PM  

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