David Livingstone: Mission and Empire

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A&C Black, Sep 15, 2006 - History - 274 pages
David Livingstone (1813-1873) was one of the supreme representatives of the British Empire. Yet his career suffered many set-backs during his own life-time, and since his death his reputation has swung between extremes of adulation and dismissal. Were his epic journeys through Africa purely to save souls and counter the slave trade? Or were they the first steps towards bringing the peoples of Central Africa under the control of Europeans who would destroy their values and exploit them economically? Beyond these questions, there lies the puzzle of Livingstone's own character and its contradictions.
Livingstone's career was certainly an extraordinary one. Born in poverty in Blantyre, Scotland, he educated himself by heroic endeavor, later proving him-self to be a remarkable linguist and scientist. His missionary journeys brought him into contact with a wide range of African peoples, for whom he showed remarkable sympathy. "David Livingstone: Mission and Empire is a scholarly and readable account of Livingstone's life and of his achievements.
 

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Contents

A Student in Glasgow and London
11
The LMS and Southern Africa
27
Kolobeng and the North
53
South African Politics
67
Years of Triumph
109
The Zambesi Expedition
125
Linyanti
151
Last Journeys
223
Livingstone and Imperialism
239
Bibliography
265
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Andrew Ross is the author of A Vision Betrayed: The Jesuits in Japan and China, 1549-1742 and Blantyre Mission and the Making of Modern Malawi. He is Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.

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