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Belgium and the Congo, 1885-1980

Author: Guy Vanthemsche
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While the impact of a colonising metropole on subjected territories has been widely scrutinized, the effect of empire on the colonising country has long been neglected. Recently, many studies have examined the repercussions of their respective empires on colonial powers such as the United Kingdom and France. Belgium and its African empire have been conspicuously absent from this discussion. This book attempts to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Guy Vanthemsche
ISBN: 9780521194211 0521194210
OCLC Number: 765881584
Description: ix, 289 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The origin of the colonial phenomenon in Belgium --
2. The Congo and Belgium's domestic policy --
3. The Congo and Belgium's external position --
4. The Congo and the Belgian economy --
5. Belgium and the independent Congo.
Responsibility: Guy Vanthemsche, Vrije Universiteit Brussel ; translated by Alice Cameron and Stephen Windross ; revised by Kate Connelly.
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