Introduction

This book is about a beheading. The event occurred in December 1884 and has been articulated ever since through competing Congolese and Belgian histories attuned to particular audiences and political goals. Two protagonists engaged in a deadly pas de deux driven by immense ambition, each violently s...

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Published in: A Dance of Assassins p. 1
Main Author: Allen F. Roberts
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Indiana University Press 12-20-2012
Subjects:
Law
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Summary: This book is about a beheading. The event occurred in December 1884 and has been articulated ever since through competing Congolese and Belgian histories attuned to particular audiences and political goals. Two protagonists engaged in a deadly pas de deux driven by immense ambition, each violently striving to establish hegemony along the southwestern shores of Lake Tanganyika in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Lusinga lwa Ng’ombe, deemed a “sanguinary potentate” by the British explorer Joseph Thomson, who visited the chief in 1879, because of his ruthless slaving for the east African trade; and Émile Storms,
ISBN: 0253007437
9780253007438