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Belgium was a small, neutral country without a colonial tradition when King Leopold II ceded the Congo, his personal property, to the state in 1908. For the next half century Belgium not only ruled an African empire but also, through widespread, enduring, and eagerly embraced propaganda, produced an imperialist-minded citizenry.

Selling the Congo is a study of European pro-empire propaganda in Belgium, with particular emphasis on the period 1908–60. Matthew G. Stanard questions the nature of Belgian imperialism in the Congo and considers the Belgian case in light of literature on the French, British, and other European overseas empires. Comparing Belgium to other imperial powers, the book finds that pro-empire propaganda was a basic part of European overseas expansion and administration during the modern period. Arguing against the long-held belief that Belgians were merely “reluctant imperialists,” Stanard demonstrates that in fact many Belgians readily embraced imperialistic propaganda.

Selling the Congo contributes to our understanding of the effectiveness of twentieth-century propaganda by revealing its successes and failures in the Belgian case. Many readers familiar with more-popular histories of Belgian imperialism will find in this book a deeper examination of European involvement in central Africa during the colonial era.

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  1. Cover
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. iv-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 1. The Inheritance: Leopold II and Propaganda about the Congo
  2. pp. 27-46
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  1. 2. Denying African History to Build the Belgian Nation: Imperial Expositions
  2. pp. 47-88
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  1. 3. Curators and Colonial Control: Belgium’s Museums of Empire
  2. pp. 89-134
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  1. 4. Educating the Imperialists of Tomorrow
  2. pp. 135-166
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  1. 5. Cast in the Mold of the eic: The Colony inStone and Bronze
  2. pp. 167-202
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  1. 6. Projected Propaganda: Imperialistic Filmmaking in Belgium
  2. pp. 203-240
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 241-270
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 271-332
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 333-378
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 379-387
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803239883
Related ISBN
9780803237773
MARC Record
OCLC
809317578
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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