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A dance of assassins : performing early colonial hegemony in the Congo

Author: Allen F Roberts
Publisher: Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2013.
Series: African expressive cultures.
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"A Dance of Assassins presents the competing histories of how Congolese Chief Lusinga and Belgian Lieutenant Storms engaged in a deadly clash while striving to establish hegemony along the southwestern shores of Lake Tanganyika in the 1880s. While Lusinga participated in the east African slave trade, Storms' secret mandate was to meet Henry Stanley's eastward march and trace "a white line across the Dark Continent"  Read more...
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Named Person: Émile Pierre Joseph Storms; Lusinga
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen F Roberts
ISBN: 9780253007438 0253007437 9780253007506 025300750X 9780253007599 0253007593
OCLC Number: 773025040
Description: 311 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Contents: The "emperor" strikes back. Invitation to a beheading --
A conflict of memories --
Histories made by bodies --
Tropical gothic --
Storms the headhunter. Remembering the dismembered. The rise of a colonial macabre --
Art évo on the Chaussée d'Ixelles --
Lusinga's lasting laughs --
Composing decomposition --
Defiances of the dead.
Series Title: African expressive cultures.
Responsibility: Allen F. Roberts.
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Reveals the theatricality of early colonial encounter and how it continues to influence Congolese and Belgian understandings of history today  Read more...

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