Michael Ledger-Lomas: Monarchs and Emperors, 21 July 2022
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Faber, 336 pp., £20, January, 978 0 571 36057 4Show More
King Leopold’s Ghostwriter: The Creation of Persons and States in the 19th Century by Andrew Fitzmaurice.
Princeton, 592 pp., £35, February, 978 0 691 14869 4Show More
The Kaiser and the Colonies: Monarchy in the Age of Empire by Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Oxford, 416 pp., £90, February, 978 0 19 289703 9Show More
“... craving for wealth and power, Leopold wanted to be a despot, not a minor constitutional king. Andrew Fitzmaurice deepens our understanding of the deviousness with which he created a colony in the Congo to funnel the profits of mass murder not to Belgium but to Leopold himself. Leopold knew that Belgium’s free-trading parliament would not tolerate ...”