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Roger Casement: Imperialist, Rebel, Revolutionary Séamas Ó Síochánnin

Roger Casement: Imperialist, Rebel, Revolutionary

Séamas Ó Síochánnin

Published September 1st 2011
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352 pages
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Drawing on a trove of official and personal sources, O Siochain shows how what began as an ordinary career in the British consular service became a singular crusade, on three continents, against exploitation, cruelty and injustice. Roger CasementMoreDrawing on a trove of official and personal sources, O Siochain shows how what began as an ordinary career in the British consular service became a singular crusade, on three continents, against exploitation, cruelty and injustice. Roger Casement served in the Niger, Mozambique, Angola, and, most momentously, in the Congo, where he witnessed the appalling crimes under Belgian colonial rule and was a key player in the humanitarian campaign that exposed them, forcing King Leopold II to surrender his personal control of the colony. Casement later levelled the same moral compass at the depressingly similar exploitation of natives of the Putumayo, where, as in the Congo, outsiders hunger for rubber created misery for an indigenous people. His growing interest and involvement in Irish affairs, culminating in his attempts to aid the 1916 Rising and his execution for treason, is narrated here. In an epilogue, O Siochain examines the question that has dominated Casements afterlife: whether his black diaries, detailing homosexual adventures, were forged by the British in order to discredit him at his trial for treason and effect a judicial assassination.