Travel Writing and Atrocities Eyewitness Accounts of Colonialism in the Congo, Angola, and the Putumayo

by Robert M. Burroughs

Part of the Routledge Research in Travel Writing Series

Travel Writing and Atrocities Eyewitness Accounts of Colonialism in the Congo, Angola, and the Putumayo Synopsis

This book examines eyewitness travel reports of atrocities committed in European-funded slave regimes in the Congo Free State, Portuguese West Africa, and the Putumayo district of the Amazon rainforest during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. During this time, British explorers, missionaries, consuls, journalists, soldiers, and traders produced evidence of misrule in the Congo, Angola, and the Putumayo, which they described their travel and witnessing of colonial violence in travelogues, ethnographic monographs, consular reports, diaries and letters, sketches, photography, and more. As well as bringing home to readers ongoing brutalities, eyewitness narratives contributed to debates on humanitarianism, trade, colonialism, and race and racial prejudice in late Victorian and Edwardian Britain. In particular, whereas earlier antislavery travelers had tended to promote British imperial expansion as a remedy to slavery, travel texts produced for the three major humanitarian campaigns of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century expressed - and, indeed, gave rise to - changes in the perception of Britain as a nation for whom the protection of Africans remained paramount. Burroughs's study charts the emergence of a subversive eyewitness response in travel writing, which implicated Britons and British industries in the continuing existence of slave labor in regions formally ruled by other nations.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415992381
Publication date: 2nd September 2010
Author: Robert M. Burroughs
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 216 pages
Categories: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,

About Robert M. Burroughs

Dr. Robert Burroughs is Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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