Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Heroes of EmpireFive Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Edward Berenson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234277

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234277.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 16 September 2021



(p.1) Introduction
Heroes of Empire

Edward Berenson

University of California Press

Jean-Baptiste Marchand and four other men rank among those who figured most prominently in France and Britain's unprecedented race for Africa between 1870 and 1914. These “heroes of empire” included Charles (Chinese) Gordon, Henry Morton Stanley, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, and Hubert Lyautey. They all contributed to a colonial enterprise that expressed and reinforced Europe's racial stereotypes about Africa and Africans and inflicted considerable suffering in what Stanley labeled the “Dark Continent.” In both Britain and France, most heroes had traditionally been military men who risked their lives to achieve lofty goals. Between the 1880s and 1914, individuals who appeared to embody the essence of France or Britain and who could thus strengthen feelings of national attachment could be excellent candidates for charisma.

Keywords:   Jean-Baptiste Marchand, Charles Gordon, Henry Morton Stanley, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Hubert Lyautey, France, Britain, racial stereotypes

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.