By Allen F. Roberts

A Dance of Assassins offers the competing histories of ways Congolese leader Lusinga and Belgian Lieutenant Storms engaged in a perilous conflict whereas striving to set up hegemony alongside the southwestern shorelines of Lake Tanganyika within the Eighteen Eighties. whereas Lusinga participated within the east African slave exchange, Storms’ mystery mandate was once to satisfy Henry Stanley’s eastward march and hint "a white line around the darkish Continent" to legitimize King Leopold’s audacious declare to the Congo. war of words was once inevitable, and Lusinga misplaced his head. His cranium grew to become the topic of a sinister evolutionary treatise, whereas his ancestral determine is now thought of a treasure of the Royal Museum for primary Africa. Allen F. Roberts unearths the theatricality of early colonial stumble upon and the way it keeps to persuade Congolese and Belgian understandings of heritage today.

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