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Dance of Assassins Performing Early Colonial Hegemony in the Congo

ISBN-10: 025300750X

ISBN-13: 9780253007506

Edition: 2012

Authors: Allen F. Roberts

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In the 1880s in the Congo, a Lubanda chief and slave trader named Lusinga was beheaded and his skull carried back to Belgium by Émile Storms, a disgruntled supporter of the brutal ruler King Leopold II. Today, the skull and a magnificent ancestral statue are housed in the Royal Museum of Central Africa. Allen F. Roberts tells the story of this grisly colonial encounter and its far-off repercussions. It is a tale of profound misunderstandings, bizarre behavior, theft, and the idiosyncrasies displayed by people caught up in the moment when European powers were establishing hegemony in Africa.
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
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 �o on the Chauss�e d'Ixelles
Lusinga's Lasting Laughs
Composing Decomposition
Defiances of the Dead
Some Background on Our Protagonists
A Note on Illustrations
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index