Henry Morton Stanley's African Journeys
By (author) James L. Newman
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Imperial Footprints by James L. Newman
Book Description"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" The man who uttered those famous words was compared with Christopher Columbus in his day and became one of the late nineteenth century's most newsworthy figures. Yet, one hundred years after Henry Morton Stanley's death, his accomplishments in Africa have largely receded from public memory or have been discredited as epitomizing the wrongs inflicted by the scourge of European colonialism and its "scramble for Africa." While numerous writers have attempted to describe the man, sometimes through highly speculative means, our understanding of the most notable aspect of Stanley's life, his relationship to the continent, isn't much more advanced than it was one hundred years ago. To fill this void, James L. Newman re-creates Stanley's seven epic African journeys, explaining why he made them, what transpired en route, and what resulted. He highlights Stanley's determination to succeed despite incredible odds and his various relationships with the people who enabled him to accomplish his objectives. And while he acknowledges Stanley's less admirable traits, such as his penchant for stretching the truth, his capacity to be ruthless, and his tendency to demean others, Newman refuses to engage in facile speculation. Instead, he focuses on the words and deeds of a man who played a major role in shaping today's Africa. James L. Newman's in-depth research, detailed descriptions, and vivid prose make Stanley and Africa both a fascinating read and a notable contribution to the study of Africa, exploration, and the age of empire.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781574887235
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Potomac Books Inc
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Publish Date: 23-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Over four million years ago, back at the origins of humanity, is where this book begins its account of the African continent, using regions, spaces and places for viewing its people and showing how they have responded to time. It ends at the onset of the colonial era in the late-19th century.
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