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

Edward Berenson

Abstract

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 book, a 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. The book argues that these five men transformed the ... More

Keywords: Henry Morton Stanley, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Charles Gordon, Marchand, Hubert Lyautey, savage people, colonial heroes, new imperialism, new journalism, penny press

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520234277
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234277.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Berenson, author