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Historiography of Congo Reform

By Dr. Dean Pavlakis, Canisius College (Buffalo NY) and Carroll College (Helena MT)

This historiography should be considered a work in progress. Comments are welcome and the document will be updated.

At the beginning of my research on the Congo, I had been taken with Hochschild’s notion that the story of the Congo Free State and its demise was largely unknown when his 1998 book came out. From a popular perspective, this was largely true; in fact, the Congo had to be rediscovered in waves over the years by new generations in places like Britain and the United States. Continue reading

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