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Heroes of empire : five charismatic men and the conquest of Africa /
Edward Berenson.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
description
xii, 360 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0520234278 (hbk.), 9780520234277 (hbk.)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
isbn
0520234278 (hbk.)
9780520234277 (hbk.)
contents note
Henry Morton Stanley and the new journalism -- Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the making of the French Third Republic -- Charles Gordon, imperial saint -- The "Stanley craze" -- Jean-Baptiste Marchand, Fashoda, and the Dreyfus Affair -- Brazza and the scandal of the Congo -- Hubert Lyautey and the French seizure of Morocco.
catalogue key
7336383
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"This intriguing and beautifully written book offers a fresh analysis of Europe's age of empire, and a disquieting account of the role the mass media played in promoting colonial conquest."--Mary Dewhurst Lewis, author of The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France, 1918-1940 "There are no competing works. Specialists of both the French and English empires, and of imperialism in general, will welcome this book most enthusiastically. This is story telling at its very best."--Alice L. Conklin, author of A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 "Edward Berenson's absorbing and fascinating book explores the culture of imperialism by examining the powerful emotional connections that the British and French forged with their heroes. Whether it was as the embodiments of Christian chivalry or as the standard bearers of the civilizing process, imperial heroes were seen as possessing superhuman courage, adventure and idealism. The work is all the more powerful because he examines this emotional chemistry without ever losing sight of the inescapable aggression and violence intrinsic to the imperial project."--Ruth Harris, author of Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age "This virtuosic narrative interlaces deep historical research with innovative epistemological exploration. Portraying five charismatic men at the height of French and British Imperialism, Berenson shows how the colonial race for Africa unfolded in a complex counterpoint of nationalist agendas, popular culture, sexual politics, and hero worship, all funneled through the penny press. His finely honed prose and crystal clear reasoning turn these multifaceted and intertwined stories into a fascinating picture of the political and social powers of persuasion developed by mass journalism in the decades between 1870 and 1914."--Annegret Fauser, author of Musical Encounters at the 1889 Paris Worlds Fair "By following the lives--and legends--of five very different colonial figures, Edward Berenson has set a new standard for thinking about the roles played by the press, violence, masculinity, and civilization in the French and British empires. Beautifully crafted, perfectly paced, and written in an engaging style, Heroes of Empire is history writing at its finest."--J. P. Daughton, author of An Empire Divided: Religion, Republicanism, and the Making of French Colonialism, 1880-1914
Flap Copy
"This intriguing and beautifully written book offers a fresh analysis of Europe's age of empire, and a disquieting account of the role the mass media played in promoting colonial conquest."--Mary Dewhurst Lewis, author ofThe Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France, 1918-1940 "There are no competing works. Specialists of both the French and English empires, and of imperialism in general, will welcome this book most enthusiastically. This is story telling at its very best."--Alice L. Conklin, author ofA Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 "Edward Berenson's absorbing and fascinating book explores the culture of imperialism by examining the powerful emotional connections that the British and French forged with their heroes. Whether it was as the embodiments of Christian chivalry or as the standard bearers of the civilizing process, imperial heroes were seen as possessing superhuman courage, adventure and idealism. The work is all the more powerful because he examines this emotional chemistry without ever losing sight of the inescapable aggression and violence intrinsic to the imperial project."--Ruth Harris, author ofLourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age "This virtuosic narrative interlaces deep historical research with innovative epistemological exploration. Portraying five charismatic men at the height of French and British Imperialism, Berenson shows how the colonial race for Africa unfolded in a complex counterpoint of nationalist agendas, popular culture, sexual politics, and hero worship, all funneled through the penny press. His finely honed prose and crystal clear reasoning turn these multifaceted and intertwined stories into a fascinating picture of the political and social powers of persuasion developed by mass journalism in the decades between 1870 and 1914."--Annegret Fauser, author ofMusical Encounters at the 1889 Paris Worlds Fair "By following the lives--and legends--of five very different colonial figures, Edward Berenson has set a new standard for thinking about the roles played by the press, violence, masculinity, and civilization in the French and British empires. Beautifully crafted, perfectly paced, and written in an engaging style,Heroes of Empireis history writing at its finest."--J. P. Daughton, author ofAn Empire Divided: Religion, Republicanism, and the Making of French Colonialism, 1880-1914
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-03-15:
From 1870 to 1914 Britain and France jostled for control of central and western Africa. The penny press of the day churned out procolonial propaganda that made heroes of the men and few women who ventured to Africa carrying out their countries' expansionist aims. Berenson (history, New York Univ.; The Trial of Madame Caillaux) focuses on five of these "charismatic heroes": Charles Gordon, Henry Morton Stanley, Jean-Baptiste Marchand, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, and Hubert Lyautey. During their lifetimes, they exerted a great deal of influence over colonial policymaking, unified the people of their home countries, and exemplified the types of values many felt were lacking in France and England at the time. Instead of focusing on these explorers' treatment of native Africans, the author's intention is to explore how the five were viewed and understood by their contemporaries through examination of the popular press's coverage of their exploits. In doing so, Berenson adds to the growing body of literature on African colonialism that refutes the old theory of "public indifference" toward British and French expansion. VERDICT This book is recommended for students and scholars of African colonial history, as well as for those who like to read about adventurers in Africa.-Jason Martin, Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review Quotes
"An utterly enthralling and elegantly-crafted work which grips from its arresting opening sentence."
"An utterly enthralling and elegantly-crafted work which grips from its arresting opening sentence."-- Journal of African History
"An utterly enthralling and elegantly-crafted work which grips from its arresting opening sentence."-- Jrnl of African History
"Berenson's writing style is easily accessible to all levels of study, making this a valuable addition for teaching and research."
"Berenson's writing style is easily accessible to all levels of study, making this a valuable addition for teaching and research." -- Victorian Poetry
"Recommended for students and scholars of African colonial history, as well as for those who like to read about adventurers in Africa."
"Recommended for students and scholars of African colonial history, as well as for those who like to read about adventurers in Africa."-- Library Journal
"A fascinating book."-- Journal of Modern History
"A fascinating book."-- Jrnl of Modern History
"An extremely readable book comparing Henry Morton Stanley, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Charles Gordon, Jean-Baptiste Marchand and Hubert Lyautey."
"An extremely readable book comparing Henry Morton Stanley, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Charles Gordon, Jean-Baptiste Marchand and Hubert Lyautey."-- Times Higher Education
"A fascinating book."
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Summaries
Main Description
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 compulsively 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. In using contemporaneous media as well as letters written by ordinary citizens, Berenson adds a rich new dimension to even as familiar a figure as Stanley. More importantly, he pinpoints charisma itself as a defining characteristic of manliness and empire.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Henry Morton Stanley and the New Journalism
Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Making of the French Third Republic
Charles Gordon, Imperial Saint
The "Stanley Craze"
Jean-Baptiste Marchand, Fashoda, and the Dreyfus Affair
Brazza and the Scandal of the Congo
Hubert Lyautey and the French Seizure of Morocco
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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