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A Dance of Assassins

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<P>A Dance of Assassins presents the competing histories of how Congolese Chief Lusinga and Belgian Lieutenant Storms engaged in a deadly clash while striving to establish hegemony along the southwestern shores of Lake Tanganyika in the 1880s. While Lusinga participated in the east African slave trade, Storms’ secret mandate was to meet Henry Stanley’s eastward march and trace "a white line across the Dark Continent" to legitimize King Leopold’s audacious claim to the Congo. Confrontation was inevitable, and Lusinga lost his head. His skull became the subject of a sinister evolutionary treatise, while his ancestral figure is now considered a treasure of the Royal Museum for Central Africa. Allen F. Roberts reveals the theatricality of early colonial encounter and how it continues to influence Congolese and Belgian understandings of history today.</P>
<P>Acknowledgments<BR>Introduction</P><P>Part I. The "Emperor" Strikes Back<BR>1. Invitation to a Beheading <BR>2. A Conflict of Memories<BR>3. Histories Made by Bodies<BR>4. Tropical Gothic<BR>5. Storms the Headhunter</P><P>Part II. Remembering the Dismembered<BR>6. The Rise of a Colonial Macabre<BR>7. Art Évo on the Chaussée d’Ixelles<BR>8. Lusinga’s Lasting Laughs<BR>9. Composing Decomposition<BR>10. Defiances of the Dead</P><P>Appendix A: Some Background on Our Protagonists<BR>Appendix B: A Note on Illustrations<BR>Glossary<BR>Notes<BR>Bibliography<BR>Index</P>

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Published 20 December 2012
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EAN13 9780253007599
Language English
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