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Heroes of EmpireFive Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa$
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Edward Berenson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234277

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234277.001.0001

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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Making of the French Third Republic

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Making of the French Third Republic

(p.49) Two Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Making of the French Third Republic
Heroes of Empire

Edward Berenson

University of California Press

Henry Morton Stanley's fellow Congo explorer, the French naval officer of Italian birth, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, had been attacking him, and the audience knew Stanley had prepared a blistering response. Journalists encouraged leaders of the Third Republic, long averse to territorial annexation, to plant the French flag in equatorial Africa. In doing so, they helped transform the image—or at least the self-image—of the new regime. Leaders of France's new democratic Third Republic would construe the new imperialism as a humanitarian and civilizing mission. France's political leaders had to take Brazza's image and popularity into account in policy discussions and negotiations over African lands.

Keywords:   Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, French Third Republic, Henry Morton Stanley, France, Africa, African lands

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