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Title:
Genocide in the Congo Free State: King Leopold II's Conviction
Author:
Manning, Jonathan Ryan
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This paper critically evaluates the establishment and operation of the Congo Free State and discusses its administration under Leopold through the framework of genocide as an aspect of international law. The spurious methods Leopold used to acquire the Congo are discussed so as to reveal his underlying rapacious motive for colonization. Leopold went on to construct a system responsible for the eradication of half the local population. He was able to sectionalize territories so that private companies could act in complete sovereignty, and by doing so, he eluded his promises of the Congo basin existing as a zone of free international trade. In this way Leopold codified his grip on the state's resources as he profited from deals struck with the companies. Ultimately, the atrocities committed in the Congo Free State served the purpose of maximizing the profit for King Leopold. The discussion of the result in Leopold's Congo is balanced with the complexity of the contention over genocide in terms of outcomes and intent. Using legal analysis, this document embarks on Leopold's conviction of genocide by distinguishing between general and specific intent, Leopold being guilty of the former.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Gibbs, David

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleGenocide in the Congo Free State: King Leopold II's Convictionen_US
dc.creatorManning, Jonathan Ryanen
dc.contributor.authorManning, Jonathan Ryanen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper critically evaluates the establishment and operation of the Congo Free State and discusses its administration under Leopold through the framework of genocide as an aspect of international law. The spurious methods Leopold used to acquire the Congo are discussed so as to reveal his underlying rapacious motive for colonization. Leopold went on to construct a system responsible for the eradication of half the local population. He was able to sectionalize territories so that private companies could act in complete sovereignty, and by doing so, he eluded his promises of the Congo basin existing as a zone of free international trade. In this way Leopold codified his grip on the state's resources as he profited from deals struck with the companies. Ultimately, the atrocities committed in the Congo Free State served the purpose of maximizing the profit for King Leopold. The discussion of the result in Leopold's Congo is balanced with the complexity of the contention over genocide in terms of outcomes and intent. Using legal analysis, this document embarks on Leopold's conviction of genocide by distinguishing between general and specific intent, Leopold being guilty of the former.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy, Politics, Economics and Lawen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorGibbs, Daviden
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