In 1903, Roger Casement, then a British consul, left his consular base on the Lower Congo River and made a journey through the regions of the Upper Congo to investigate at first hand reports of alleged atrocities. His subsequent report was a crucial instrument in the British government's efforts to bring about change in King Leopold's Congo Free State. This edition brings together Casement's report, together with his diary of that year, which have been carefully edited for publication. Names which were omitted from the original published report have been reinstated, and explanatory notes have been provided to report and diary. The editors' introduction addresses the scramble for Africa, the role of Leopold and the Congo Free State, Britain and the Congo question, Casement's career, publication of the report and the humanitarian campaign, 1904-13.
The Congo Report - main report
the 1903 diary - editorial notes
"The diary given here makes many improvements on the Singleton-Gates edition in deciphering and identifying many words, passages and references. Extensive notes."
Books Ireland Feb 2004
"An intelligent introduction and copious notes to each chapter render the report accessible to the modern reader, and the inclusion of photographs of the principal characters further helps to enliven the narrative."
Bookview Ireland March 2004
"History Ireland readers will be familiar with the ongoing debate...on the authenticity or otherwise of Roger Casement's ‘Black Diaries'. While conclusion may never be arrived at to the satisfaction of all the debate's protagonists, one of the welcome side-effects of the controversy is that it has focused attention increasingly on the man's career, particularly as a great humanitarian."
History Ireland Summer 2004
"Although Casement's career as a whole remains controversial, his work in the Congo and his cooperation with local missionaries helped greatly in bringing colonial atrocities there to a much wider audience. This book is therefore welcome as an easily accessible resource for all those interested in these events."
International Bulletin of Missionary Research Vol 29, No 4 2005