King Leopold's Ghost is an historical lens through which the desolation caused by the Belgian King in the Congo is examined. Leopold's land grabs, his military regime, and his programs of forced labor contributed to what became known as a genocide of the native Congolese. The text examines how Leopold accrued huge personal wealth through ivory poaching and rubber sap extraction, processes that beggared and what the King called the "Congo Free State."

Summary of King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild

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