Session 05: Colonialism and the 1884 Berlin Conference

Main Themes:

The Berlin Conference of 1884-5 and its consequences.

Key Questions:

What was the goal of the 1884-5 Berlin Conference? Who was Leopold II and how does his legacy connect to the debate on human rights?

Materials/Resources:

The Partition of Africa (Black Past);

George Washington Williams, “An Open Letter to His Serene Majesty Leopold II, King of the Belgians and Sovereign of the Independent State of Congo By Colonel, The Honorable Geo. W. Williams, of the United States of America,” 1890

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