Brazzà, a Life for Africa

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AuthorHouse, 13.01.2006. - 280 страница

In 1905, scandalous reports of torture in France's overseas colonies rocked Paris. Brazza was sent to investigate. Born an Italian nobleman, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza had spent twenty years exploring equatorial Africa as a French naval officer. His attempts to reconcile African development and prosperity with French colonial policy had already cost him his career. Now his commitment to expose colonial abuses would cost him his life.

Already divided by the anti-Semitic currents of the Dreyfus Affair, France was about to discover the reality of its administration in central Africa. The European economy's greed for rubber had created a hidden world of slave labor and violence, with scenes that inspired the "horror" of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Brazza, A Life for Africa is the first English-language biography of a man who lived an extraordinary life. Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza was a nobleman, a naval cadet, an explorer, a glamorous idol to 19th-century Parisians, a colonial governor, and a human rights investigator, as well as a husband, father, and friend. By turns thrilling, romantic, and tragic, Brazza's story blends exotic adventures with all-too-human emotions and experiences.

 

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Two Le Cartahu
12
Three The Ensign
27
Brazzã an Ensign in the French Navy about 1875
29
Four The Father of Slaves
37
Five The Barefoot Conqueror
58
Six The Explorer
84
Seven The Challenger
95
Eight The Toast of Paris
110
Ten The Diplomat
148
Eleven Rocamambo
158
Brazzā with an African chief around 1890
166
Twelve The Bridegroom
172
Thirteen The Father
184
Fourteen The Investigator
198
Brazzā in 1905
199
Fifteen Honored Son of France
218

Brazzā about 1882 A detail of this photograph
127
Nine The General Commissioner
129
Dr Noël Ballay in 1886
140
Conclusion
230
About the Research
241
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Born in Boston, a graduate of Harvard and the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Maria Petringa has spent her adult life in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She has worked as a teacher and translator, and is now a writer and journalist. She lives in Paris.

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