I was reading Norman Davies's book, "Europe," recently when I saw a quote from Hitler about the concentration camps he was planning. Talking about the historical ramifications of genocide on such a massive scale, he simply asked, "Who remembers the Armenians?"
Certainly, that is a question that the likes of Orhan Pamuk have been asking about Turkey's effected genocide of its Armenian population a couple of decades before Hitler.
Here, Lindqvist, by all accounts a marvellous writer and historian, traces the issue even further back, to Africa at the time of colonies and empire, and suggests that genocide is, whilst definitely abhorrent, not a new phenomenon. He gives countless examples of how the local African population was cleansed whenever the Europeans arrived, and how modern arms were developed to kill the tribesmen more quickly and efficiently. And because it is all true, Lindqvist's is one of the most compelling books going.
The author travels through Africa with his laptop full of historical data. His journey is both historical and personal. Some staggering facts come to light which I thought may exist, but had no idea of the horrors that occured. This is EXTREMELY important history. It challenges us to draw uncomfortable conclusions relating to how we abuse power - and believe it to be our right to do so.
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