She also gives a short biography of each servant, trying to expand our vision of an event that has myopically lingered only on two men. Both of these cultural themes could have been developed more fully in a chapter of their own. Any good student of photography knows about the effects of selective framing. Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers, and Empire in 2007. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. Although this may be necessary for her purpose, it makes the book read more like a history textbook than a novel.
She notes how this meeting, publicized by the Herald complete with copious amounts of American triumphalism, was tied to the easing of tensions between Britain and America. It uncovers for the first time the journeys that Livingstone's African servants made around Britain after his death, and it makes a case for Stanley's immense influence on the idea of the modern at the dawn of the twentieth century. This is the second title in the new Profiles in History series, edited by Mary Beard. However, two themes which are interspersed throughout her chapters could have used some more focus. She shows how this paper run by the brash James Gordon Bennett Jr.
The Stanley brand has not fared quite as well over time as the Livingstone one for a number of reasons which are discussed in detail but his influence has arguably been just as great. In a brilliant book Clare Pettitt tells the story of their meeting and what led up to it, and the reactions to it of contemporaries and afterwards. When the American reporter Henry Morton Stanley stepped out of the jungle in 1871 and doffed his pith helmet to the Scottish missionary-explorer Dr. But do any of us really know what his words meant at the time--and what they have come to mean since? At that point, Stanley turned up with his Stars and Stripes flag and a caravan of much-needed supplies. Following this chapter she then discusses in detail the meeting of Stanley and Livingstone. When the American reporter Henry Morton Stanley stepped out of the jungle in 1871 and doffed his pith helmet to the Scottish missionary-explorer Dr.
I have to confess that I was initially dubious about the potential value of yet another addition to the extensive literature on the subject, but I embarked on my reading with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised. Library Journal, July 1, 2007, David Keymer, review of Dr. The only minor disappointment for me was the quality of the maps at the beginning. King's College, London, Department of English Web site, April 18, 2008 , author profile. But after 5 years of travelling he was widely assumed to be dead.
Novel, fall, 2005, Daniel Hack, review of Patent Inventions, p. While trying to illustrate his humanity she tends to overreach in her condemnation. Brattin, review of Patent Inventions, p. It is a fascinating story of conflict and paradox taking us into the extraordinary history of British engagement with Africa. Clare pettitts vivid account of the search for the british missionary dr david livingstone and the encounter deep in the heart of africa with the journalist henry stanley is a splendid piece of historical reconstruction.
We also noticed that you have previously shopped at Bookworld. All sorts of things have been forgotten and repressed in making heroes. It is also an insightful analysis of the interaction between Christian evangelization in Africa and the emergence in the West itself of a new narrative of modernity. Livingstone died shortly after being so famously found and it was they who carried his body to the coast for transport back to London, while Jacob Wainwright traveled with the body to London. The news of their encounter was transmitted around the globe, and Livingstone instantly became one of the world's first international celebrities. .
Dr livingstone i presume has 18 ratings and 5 reviews sarah there is nothing that upsets me more than a bad book said an easy yet thought provok. David Livingstone, his greeting was to take on mythological proportions. Would you like us to keep your Bookworld details, including delivery addresses, order history and citizenship information? The world of missionaries and explorers, which once held center stage in the imagining of empire and the making of the modern world, comes alive powerfully in its pages. Stripped of the heroic veneer, a cold judgement can be made about his actual level of success as a missionary, as an explorer, as a representative of his country at the height of its Empire, and as a family man; and yet, this judgement has to be balanced with the fact that he has been an inspiration to many both during his lifetime and since. Economic History Review, November 1, 2004, Christine MacLeod, review of Patent Inventions, p. Would definitely read another piece by Clare Pettit. The book is also very thoughtfully illustrated throughout.
Pettitt has demonstrated that this meeting between Stanley and Livingstone has become part of a symbolic landscape, and as such it deserves to be examined critically. Her research interests include the history of the book, media and technology, and Victorian understandings of multiple pasts. When the American reporter Henry Morton Stanley stepped out of the jungle in 1871 and doffed his pith helmet to the Scottish missionary-explorer Dr. Everyone has heard the phrase, the book tries to explain the significance of it and why it has lasted over time. Stanley, working for a newspaper, represented the beginnings of a mass media culture.