Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa

By: Berenson, Edward

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During the decades of empire (1870-1914), legendary heroes and their astonishing deeds of conquest gave imperialism a recognizable human face. Henry Morton Stanley, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Charles Gordon, Jean-Baptiste Marchand, and Hubert Lyautey all braved almost unimaginable dangers among "savage" people for their nation's greater good. This vastly readable book, the first comparative history of colonial heroes in Britain and France, shows via unforgettable portraits the shift from public veneration of the peaceful conqueror to unbridled passion for the vanquishing hero. Edward Berenson argues that these five men transformed the imperial steeplechase of those years into a powerful "heroic moment." He breaks new ground by linking the era's "new imperialism" to its "new journalism"--the penny press--which furnished the public with larger-than-life figures who then embodied each nation's imperial hopes and anxieties.

Title: Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa

Author Name: Berenson, Edward

Categories: Other,

Publisher: University of California Press:

ISBN Number: 0520234278

ISBN Number 13: 9780520234277

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0520234278Z2

Description: 0520234278 Crisp, clean, unread hardcover with light shelfwear to the dust jacket and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!