Abstract

Abstract:

This article addresses the evolution of the relationship between Bishop Prosper Augouard and King Leopold II’s Congo Free State from the closure of the Brussels Anti-Slavery Conference to the termination of the regime in 1908. Augouard’s public denunciations in October 1894, of State-sanctioned/sponsored slavery and other abuses publicly attacked the prevalent collaborationist behaviors of the Catholic Church in its dealings with the European colonial regimes. With no support and forced into silence, Augouard became an easy prey to Leopold’s vulpine charms. The monarch easily won over the prelate and transformed him into a major asset in the Congo Free State’s struggles against the vigorous Congo Reform Movement throughout the 1900s.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-0708
Print ISSN
0008-8080
Pages
pp. 673-706
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-03
Open Access
No
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