In the 1880s the Ulster Protestant Roger Casement worked as one of HM Stanley's volunteers in the Congo, before joining the British consular service. In 1904 he produced a devastating report which showed how the Congo Free State, far from being the model colony Leopold II of Belgium claimed it to be, was a ruthless commercial enterprise run with unrelenting cruelty for Leopold's profit. Six years later he provided an even more horrifying report on how Amazonian Indians were exploited by the Peruvian Amazon company, a British-based rubber company. For this he was knighted in 1911. An Irish nationalist, when war broke out in 1914 he went to Germany to secure a treaty giving Ireland formal recognition of her nationhood. Upon returning in a u-boat to Ireland in 1916 he was captured, brought to London and sentenced to death as a traitor. To blacken his name further, rumours about his "black" diaries claimed that he was a practising homosexual. The author Brian Inglis was allowed access to the relevant files at the Public Record Office in order to help research this biography.
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Brian Inglis was an historian and broadcaster. He is the author of 'The Story of Ireland' and 'The History of Medicine', and for over ten years wrote and presented 'All Our Yesterdays'.
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Book Description Harcourt Jovanovich, 1974. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This masterly biography examines the fascinating and contradictory career of Roger Casement, one of the most controversial figures of the last century. Roger Casement was brought up as a Protestant in Dublin and began his extraordinary career as one of Stanley's volunteers in the Congo Free State. During his time in Africa, he exposed King Leopold II's exploitation of the natives and went on to reveal the ruthlessness of the British in South America, for which he received a knighthood. In Germany after the outbreak of the First World War he claimed Ireland's right to recognition to independent nationhood; he returned to Ireland in 1916 in a U-boat, was captured, taken to London, tried and hanged as a traitor. To further blacken his name the British government released what purported to be his diaries, which demonstrated that he had been a practising homosexual. Controversy still rages today as to whether or not these were forgeries. In this absorbing study, Brian Inglis throws new light on Casement's life, examining evidence from Foreign Office files to discover the truth about his influence at home and abroad. He explores the contradictions -- political, religious and personal -- of a man whose life posed many questions that continue to be asked today. Book jacket. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151783276
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