Heart Of Darkness Imperialism

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The novella “Heart of Darkness” was written and published in the zeitgeist of the new imperialism (1870-1914). New imperialism received popularity because of its economic, militaristic, political, and religious domination of a “barbaric or uncivilized nation. In 1885 many European countries met at a conference in Berlin to discuss their machinations to conquer Africa and exploit it for its raw materials. King Leopold II of Belgium, who ruled from 1865-1909, decided that the Congo was their private territory and they would rule it. He decided to split the Congo into fifteen territories, make the natives pay taxes, while purloining the native’s culture and homes. They also created trading companies for the natives to work in exchange for the
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