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    DescriptionThe Killer Trail tells the tale of one of the most notorious atrocities to take place during the European 'scramble for Africa', a real life story of insane violence in the heart of an exotic continent that eerily prefigures fictional accounts such as The Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now. The Voulet-Chanoine mission left Dakar in 1898 for the centre of Africa and the region of Lake Chad with the aim of establishing effective borders between the French and British empires while 'pacifying' a notoriously belligerent region. Wreaking havoc as it went along, the mission degenerated into an extraordinary display of colonial violence and cruelty, leaving a trail of pillage, murder, and enslavement of the local inhabitants in its wake. When the story of its outrages reached Paris in 1899 there was a public uproar and a second mission was dispatched to investigate. Eventually, on July 14 1899, the two missions met and confronted each other in a dramatic shootout, which led Voulet and Chanoine to declare their independence from France and their desire to establish an African kingdom under their own rule. But their mad dreams of kingship were soon cut short when they fell prey to a mutiny among the African soldiers under their command in which they were both killed. The whole bizarre tale of Voulet and Chanoine's mission sharply divided opinion back home in France but was eventually explained away as the action of two deranged minds. Yet, as Bertrand Taithe shows, it was not simply a tale of individual insanity. In many ways, the actions of Voulet and Chanoine and their men simply took the violence of European colonialism to a logical extreme, while the way in which the whole affair was soon forgotten is highly revealing of western attitudes to imperial excess in Africa and elsewhere.


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    Title
    The Killer Trail
    Subtitle
    A Colonial Scandal in the Heart of Africa
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bertrand Taithe
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199231218
    ISBN 10: 0199231214
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HBTQ
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFJ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 41, 42
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001010
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CAFRIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A41860000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 77
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15510
    DC22: 967.4302
    B&T Approval Code: A15505000
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    BISAC V2.8: POL045000
    DC22: 967.0312, 937.03/1
    LC classification: DT352.7 .T35 2009
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    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHH, NHTQ
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    18 black and white plates, 2 maps
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    23 November 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Bertrand Taithe is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on war, medicine and war, and humanitarianism, including most recently Benjamin's Arcades: An Unguided Tour, and is an editor of the European Review of History.
    Review quote
    Taithe is a sure guide. LRB11/03/10 This book is really enjoyable. Joanna Lewis, Times Higher Education Taithe has done a remarkable job. Joe Cushnan, Tribune It is not often that a book comes along...and says something genuinely new and important about imperial excess. Saul David, Literary Review
    Table of contents
    1. Dying for French Soudan ; 2. Civilization and Africa ; 3. Privateering for France ; 4. Manly Soldiers ; 5. Slaving and African warfare ; 6. War in the Age of the Dreyfus Affair ; 7. Remembering Voulet and Chanoine: from the Heart of Darkness to 21st Century Guilt ; 8. Traumatized Perpetrators?