David Livingstone: Mission and Empire

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A&C Black, May 1, 2002 - History - 298 pages
David Livingstone was one of the supreme representatives of the British Empire; yet his career suffered many set-backs during his own lifetime 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 endeavour, later proving himself 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. This book is an account of Livingstone's life and his achievements.
 

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Contents

1 The Displaced Gael
1
2 A Student in Glasgow and London
11
3 The LMS and Southern Africa
27
4 Kuruman and Mabotsa
37
5 Kolobeng and the North
53
6 South African Politics
67
7 Coast to Coast
79
8 Years of Triumph
109
11 Failure and Defeat
165
12 Home and Family
187
13 Bombay to Bangweulu
199
14 Last Journeys
223
15 Livingstone and Imperialism
239
Notes
245
Bibliography
265
Index
268

9 The Zambesi Expedition
125
10 Linyanti
151

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About the author (2002)

Andrew C. 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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