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Author Stanard, Matthew G.

Title Selling the Congo : a history of European pro-empire propaganda and the making of Belgian imperialism / Matthew G. Stanard.

Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  325.349309675 STAN    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  325.34930967 STAN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 387 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.The Inheritance: Leopold II and Propaganda about the Congo -- 2.Denying African History to Build the Belgian Nation: Imperial Expositions -- 3.Curators and Colonial Control: Belgium's Museums of Empire -- 4.Educating the Imperialists of Tomorrow -- 5.Cast in the Mold of the EIC: The Colony in Stone and Bronze -- 6.Projected Propaganda: Imperialistic Filmmaking in Belgium.
Summary "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"--
"Examination of pro-empire propaganda advanced by Belgium during its colonial rule of the Congo"--
Subject Public opinion -- Belgium -- History -- 20th century.
Propaganda, Belgian -- History -- 20th century.
Belgium -- Colonies -- Africa -- Public opinion -- History -- 20th century.
Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Colonization.
Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 1908-1960.
ISBN 9780803237773 (hardback)