"L’Afrique belge", land of historical explorations
Re-examining colonial history, in particular, that of the Belgian Congo, certainly isn’t a walk in the park – far from it. There is indeed a significant risk of falling into the traps of oversimplification and categorising everything into good or bad. Things are not as simple as some journalistic lampoons would make us believe... Beware of clichés and anachronisms! Thankfully, we are reminded of this in a recent publication: “L’Afrique belge aux XIXè et XXè siècles – Nouvelles recherches et perspectives en histoire coloniale” (Belgian Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries – New research and perspectives in colonial history), published by P.I.E. Peter Lang(1). A collective work involving the participation of Catherine Lanneau, Charlotte Braillon, Dantès Singiza et Jan Vandersmissen, historians and law historians from the University of Liège.
(1) Van Schuylenbergh P., Lanneau C., PLasman P-L. (Dir), L'Afrique belge aux XIXe et XXe siècles. Nouvelles recherches et perspectives en histoire coloniale, Coll. Outre-mers, P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2014.