- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Univ College Dublin Pr (May 13, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1900621991
- ISBN-13: 978-1900621991
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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The Eyes of Another Race: Roger Casement's Congo Report and 1903 Diary
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"The diary given here makes many improvements on the Singleton-Gates edition in deciphering and identifying many words, passages and references. Extensive notes." Books Ireland Feb 2004 "An intelligent introduction and copious notes to each chapter render the report accessible to the modern reader, and the inclusion of photographs of the principal characters further helps to enliven the narrative." Bookview Ireland March 2004 "History Ireland readers will be familiar with the ongoing debate...on the authenticity or otherwise of Roger Casement's 'Black Diaries'. While conclusion may never be arrived at to the satisfaction of all the debate's protagonists, one of the welcome side-effects of the controversy is that it has focused attention increasingly on the man's career, particularly as a great humanitarian." History Ireland Summer 2004 "Although Casement's career as a whole remains controversial, his work in the Congo and his cooperation with local missionaries helped greatly in bringing colonial atrocities there to a much wider audience. This book is therefore welcome as an easily accessible resource for all those interested in these events." International Bulletin of Missionary Research Vol 29, No 4 2005
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Roger Casement is one of the 16 Martyrs who gave their lives for Ireland and immortalized by W.B. Yeats in one of his poems.
"The people have not easily accommodated themselves to the altered condition of life brought about by European government in their midst...Complaints as to the manner of exacting service are . . frequent . . . If the local official has to go on a sudden journey men are summoned on the instant to paddle his canoe, and a refusal entails imprisonment or a beating. If the Government plantation or the kitchen garden require weeding, a soldier will be sent to call in the women from some of the neighboring towns. . .; to the women suddenly forced to leave their household tasks and to tramp off, hoe in hand, baby on back, with possibly a hungry and angry husband at home, the task is not a welcome one."
Roger Casement's Congo report, 1903
Roger Casement was Britain's Consul-General in the Congo when he received orders to investigate reports of mistreatment of Congolese Natives by agents of Belgian King Leopold II.
Casement pursued these reports, and found ample evidence of atrocities, including the mutilation and cutting off of hands of Slaves who didn't pull their weight.
Casement's reports back to London helped seal the fate of Leopold's empire.
At the same time, Casement himself was being demonized for the so-called "Black Diaries" which purported to show homosexual propensities.
After his arrest, Scotland Yard found the diaries in Casement's home and copied them...distributing them to his political enemies in an attempt to discredit his Congo Report.
As World War I approached, Casement became an ardent proponent of Irish nationalism. He believed that Germany posed a potential answer to the Irish Question, and allied himself with the Axis. That misguided allegiance resulted in his trial and execution for Treason.
Casement's legacy was the public exposure of the villainy of colonialism; and his tragedy was his personal life; which had little to do with his professionalism and much to do with his reputation.