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Exterminate All the Brutes

Exterminate All the Brutes Sven Lindqvist a traveler and historian paints a broad brush history of European colonialism especially in Africa Drawing his title from Joseph Conrad s fable Heart of Darkness he turns up th ce

  • Title: Exterminate All the Brutes
  • Author: Sven Lindqvist Joan Tate
  • ISBN: 9781862075085
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sven Lindqvist, a traveler and historian, paints a broad brush history of European colonialism, especially in Africa Drawing his title from Joseph Conrad s fable Heart of Darkness, he turns up 19th century newspaper accounts of British massacres of wounded Sudanese rebels after the siege of Omdurman, of German concentration camps in what was once called Southwest Africa,Sven Lindqvist, a traveler and historian, paints a broad brush history of European colonialism, especially in Africa Drawing his title from Joseph Conrad s fable Heart of Darkness, he turns up 19th century newspaper accounts of British massacres of wounded Sudanese rebels after the siege of Omdurman, of German concentration camps in what was once called Southwest Africa, of a Belgian captain who decorated his flower beds with the heads of recalcitrant plantation workers These incidents were not unusual, Lindqvist writes Neither were they thought especially brutal by their perpetrators, for, he argues, colonialism was guided by a doctrine that placed Europe at the top of the evolutionary ladder and regarded non Europeans as a separate species bound for extinction a doctrine that found its ultimate expression in the Holocaust This is an occasionally gruesome and always provocative study.

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    1. A fierce, if meandering, set of miniature essays revolving around a trip through the Sahara, a biography of Joseph Conrad and his Heart of Darkness, and the history of race and genocide. Slaughter and tribalism are not unique in history, of course. Lindqvist's main thesis is similar to Aime Cesaire's in Discourse on Colonialism - the origins of the Holocaust are rooted in the techniques of war and technology of exploitation and 'murder from a distance' which were developed in the colonial empire [...]

    2. Loved this book for all the wrong reasons, no different from loving some people, I suppose. Lindqvist is a polemicist, no shame in that, if you've got what it takes to stand sure-footed in slippery sand. The title's namesake is from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, basically Lindqvist's thread across Europe's savage colonial history, which he argues founds a natural climax in the Holocaust. This is not, thank god, yet another book about near-Semitic extermination under Nazi Germany. It is abou [...]

    3. Connects the dots of genocidal impulse from social darwinism to all the colonial empires. It didn't start and end with Hitler.

    4. Item two.This one's difficult to blurb. The official version:"'Exterminate All the Brutes'" is a unique study of Europe's history in Africa, written in the form of a travel diary traces the legacy of European explorers, missionaries, politicians, and historians in Africa from the late eighteenth century onward. Lindqvist also [oh, yeah also] examines the roots of European genocide, setting Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' is context and helping us to understand the most terrifying [etc]."I read this [...]

    5. LA REGOLA DELLA TENEBRAGenocidio deriva dal greco geno, che significa ‘razza’ o ‘tribù’, con il derivato latino cidio, dal verbo caedere, che significa ‘uccisione’. È una parola breve, ed era una parola nuova quando Raphael Lemkin, polacco, ebreo, avvocato esperto di diritto internazionale, studioso di filologia, iniziò a dedicarsi a questo argomento, e avviò una battaglia personale lunga ed estenuante che approdò alla Convenzione di Ginevra del 1948 dove per la prima volta il t [...]

    6. The idea that racism can be linked directly to imperialism and genocidal colonial policiesems kind of obvious to anyone who really cares about the issue at this point. But instead of merely writing it out in some super structured academic style, Lindqvist kind of meanders through examples of colonial cruelty, late 19th century literature, as well as his own sort of vague travelogue of wandering aimlessly through the most utterly forgotten outposts of the Sahara desert.While I generally love this [...]

    7. When grasping for the language of absolute evil, many in the West reach for the ideology of Nazism and the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust. Sadly, less is said about 19th century European colonialism—the Belgium Congo, the German genocide of the Herero, the French massacres in the Sudan and the Sahara, and of course the transatlantic slave trade. Lindqvist, a Swedish writer, gives us a sampling of the scientific racism and practical murder behind the millions of lives destroyed by European pow [...]

    8. "Auschwitz was the modern industrial application of a policy of extermination on which European world domination had long since rested."This book brilliantly traces the roots of ethnic cleansing in the colonial and imperial policies of Europe and the United States through a compelling use of primary sources.The rich understanding that results is of a continuous progress of policies and attitudes that undermines an ahistorical view of genocide that seems to pop into the modern mind from nowhere. [...]

    9. Part travelogue, part history, part literary criticism; with kaleidoscopic vision Lindqvist somehow manages to paint a clear picture of the root and expanse of genocidal European colonialism. The book's backbone is Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", which Lindqvist uses as a sort of channel to sail his way back to the root of European genocide. He adds layers of nuance by examining the relationship between Darwin's social theories and European expansion, justifications for racism, and riveting [...]

    10. “This is a story, not a contribution to historical research,” Swedish author Sven Lindqvist begins his relentlessly readable study of European genocide, “Exterminate All the Brutes.” It’s an accurate statement, as nothing factual in the book is new; but it underestimates Lindqvist’s own achievement, for his “story” is a powerful synthesis of fact and interpretation which leads the reads inexorably to the author’s appalling conclusion: that the Holocaust, far from being a unique [...]

    11. Sven Lindqvist has written something that is unlike anything I have ever read. Part history, part literary criticism, part travelogue, part dream sequence, part history of science, and part memoir/autobiography. If the form wasn't fascinating enough, the material is mind bending, just as the subtitle suggests: One Man's Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide. The book takes us on a course that follows Lindqvist on a trip to Africa, all the while trying to place J [...]

    12. The best book on colonialism I've ever read. Lindqvist's book is so original, so readable, and so eloquent that I decided to create a whole class around it. Deftly weaving literary criticism, travelogue, history and memoir together, Lindqvist demonstrates how Europe had been committing holocausts long before Hitler--in Africa and elsewhere. His portrait of racism and imperialism is as horrifying and grotesque as the Conrad novel from which he derives his title. As a writer, I was inspired by his [...]

    13. According to Fredrich Ratzel, author of “Lebansraum”, in order for countries to survive it is necessary for them to grow and expand. With this idea began the Age of Imperialism. During the Age of Imperialism many European superpowers were looking to expand their empires. Countries such as Great Britain, France, Germany and the United States all expanded their empires by conquering other countries or expanding east or west. European countries especially had many colonies abroad. This often me [...]

    14. This hybrid of history, literary criticism, travelogue, and memoir on the subject of genocide promised more than it delivered in the end. Still, the book contains a lot of interesting details, ideas, and images. Maybe I'll write more about it later. I imagine it's extraordinarily hard to write anything worthwhile about genocide.

    15. Sven Lindvist påminner oss om en undertryckt kunskap: Förintelsen, samt retoriken och de ideologier som underblåste den, var inte en anomali i berättelsen om Västs historia, utan snarare en intra-europeisk motsvarighet till kolonialismen; det europeiska världsherraväldets territoriella expansion. "Hitler gjorde det förbjudna: bedrev kolonialpolitik på hemmaplan, i Europa."Folkmordet som teori och praktik - som kamp om rum, som medel för att undertrycka bestialism, som en ofrånkomlig b [...]

    16. Co innego ogólna wiedza, że pogarda dla innych i krwawe masakry nie są wynalazkiem XX wieku, a co innego prześledzenie i opisanie, jak odwieczna walka o miejsce i środki do życia nabierała charakteru coraz bardziej zorganizowanego, wzbogacanego nie tylko śmiercionośnymi wynalazkami technologicznymi, ale podpierana doktrynami ideologicznymi odwołującymi się do teorii (pseudo)naukowych. Sven Lindqvist źródła XX-wiecznego Holocaustu widzi w imperialnym kolonializmie i zwulgaryzowanym [...]

    17. Sven Lindqvist both begins and ends his analytical piece of literature, Exterminate All the Brutes: One Man’s Odyssey Into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide, with the same quote: “You already know enough. So do I. It is not knowledge we lack. What is missing is the courage to understand what we know and to draw conclusions” (Lindqvist 2). From this opening quote he goes on to complete the body of the book, the primary argument of which is that imperialism - an oste [...]

    18. Nie zdziwiłbym się, gdyby to była dla mnie książka roku. Napisany ostro, ze swadą, świetny reportaż o tym, jak narodził się rasizm, jak narodziła się koncepcja ludobójstwa. O wybitych przez Niemców Hererach w Afryce, o hekatombie Kongijczyków zgotowanej przez Belgów i ich najemników z całej Europy. O masakrze Sudańczyków przeprowadzonej przez Anglików. A przede wszystkim o przerażającej hipokryzji, która makabryczne, okrutne, iście diabelskie czyny maskowała teoriami na [...]

    19. Niin ajankohtainen kirja, vaikka tää on julkaistu 1992!Aivan loistava katsaus eurooppalaiseen kolonialismiin, rasismiin ja rotuoppiajatteluun. Aiheensa puolesta rankka, mutta rakenteensa puolesta helppo lukea, joten tasapainottuu hyväksi lukukokemukseksi, jossa oppii eikä välttämättä huku maailmantuskan alle. Kirjoittaisipa joku näin nykypäivän tapahtumista! Vaikka ehkä tällainen selvänäköisyys on mahdollista saavuttaa vasta jälkikäteen.Lindqvist käy siis läpi kolonialismin h [...]

    20. This is one of the most angering and exhausting books I've read in a long time. Linqvist uses a seemingly endless string of texts and historical events to illustrate the overwhelming and long European tradition of genocide throughout the world. It has its weaknesses — the travelogue portions of the book lack the visceral anger and some of the power of the historical sections; and the book is partially framed as an attempt to contextualize and understand the Holocaust, rather than an effort to [...]

    21. "Ovunque nel mondo esista una conoscenza profondamente repressa che, se fosse resa manifesta, manderebbe in frantumi la nostra immagine del mondo e ci costringerebbe a interrogarci: ecco, è lì che si svolge Cuore di tenebra.Tu lo sai. E anch'io. Non è la conoscenza dei fatti che ci manca. Quello che ci manca è il coraggio di comprendere ciò che sappiamo e trarne le conclusioni." (p. 210, excipit)

    22. Skulle väl egentligen skriva något mer om den här en detta dravel, men hinner faktiskt inte. Lindqvists bok var en ögonöppnare för mig på många sätt när jag först läste den i december 2004 (eller var det 2003?) och den har - kan jag påstå utan att överdriva - satt tonen för mitt eget antirasistiska ställningstagande sedan dess.En klassiker även på det personliga planet, alltså.

    23. Short chapters here drum towards the histories of nineteenth and twentieth century genocides around the world. Part travelogue, part history, part critique on imperialism, part Conrad appreciation. Unique read.

    24. Lindqvist manages the seemingly impossible in rejuvenating your fury over such an obviously terrible topic as colonial atrocities in Africa, largely because the writing and his poise are so perfect.

    25. A great dive into the history of European and USA colonialism and the evolution of racial superiority ideas.

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