OAPEN Library - The Victorian soldier in AfricaIt seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. This study explores the cultural and political impact of Victorian travelers' descriptions of physical and verbal violence in Africa. Travel narratives provide a rich entry into the shifting meanings of colonialism, as formal imperialism replaced informal control in the Nineteenth century. Offering a wide-ranging approach to travel literature's significance in Victorian life, this book features analysis of physical and verbal violence in major exploration narratives as well as lesser-known volumes and newspaper accounts of expeditions. It also presents new perspectives on Olive Schreiner and Joseph Conrad by linking violence in their fictional travelogues with the rhetoric of humanitarian trusteeship. She specializes in Victorian literature, postcolonial literature, and the history of the novel.
The Victorian soldier in Africa
The Scramble for Africa , also called the Partition of Africa or the Conquest of Africa , was the invasion, occupation, division, and colonisation of African territory by European powers during the period known to historians as the New Imperialism between and In , only 10 percent of Africa was under formal European control; by it had increased to almost 90 percent of the continent, with only Ethiopia Abyssinia , the Dervish state a portion of present-day Somalia  and Liberia still being independent. There were multiple motivations for European colonizers, including desire for valuable resources available throughout the continent, the quest for national prestige, tensions between pairs of European powers, religious missionary zeal and internal African native politics. The Berlin Conference of , which regulated European colonisation and trade in Africa, is usually referred to as the ultimate point of the Scramble for Africa. By , European powers had established small trading posts along the coast, but they seldom moved inland, preferring to stay near the sea and mainly just used the continent for trade.
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