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Out of Our Minds – Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa - California Scholarship Online
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Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa

Johannes Fabian


Explorers and ethnographers in Africa during the period of colonial expansion are usually assumed to have been guided by rational aims such as the desire for scientific knowledge, fame, or financial gain. This book, the culmination of many years of research on nineteenth-century exploration in Central Africa, provides a new view of those early European explorers and their encounters with Africans. It shows that explorers were far from rational—often meeting their hosts in extraordinary states influenced by opiates, alcohol, sex, fever, fatigue, and violence. The book presents little-known sour ... More

Keywords: colonial expansion, Africa, Central Africa, European explorers, modern colonization, travel accounts, loss of control, customs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520221222
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520221222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johannes Fabian, author