Dr Livingstone, I Presume?

Dr Livingstone, I Presume? : Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers and Empire

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The meeting between the American reporter Henry Morton Stanley and the Scottish missionary-explorer David Livingstone at Ujiji in 1871 has entered popular culture with this unforgettable phrase. But what actually happened there, when was the line said and why did the myth catch on so well?Clare Pettitt tells the story of their meeting and what led up to it, and the reactions of contemporaries and in posterity. The 'truth' is complicated. Livingstone, the crusading missionary, had often cooperated with the slave traders. He had made only one convert and his greatest achievement of exploration - the discovery of the source of the Nile - was in fact a misidentification. This is a fascinating story of conflict and paradox - it takes us into the extraordinary history of British engagement with Africa and shows both the popular myth-making and the darker side of imperialism.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 25 b&w illustrations
  • 1861977883
  • 9781861977885

About Claire Pettitt

Clare Pettitt lectures in English at Cambridge, where she lives.show more

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"'...outstanding...A terrific book, which deals with a huge range of themes without losing nuance or historical sensitivity.' Sunday Times 'Dr Livingstone, I Presume? is particularly good at exploring the lives of these two men [Stanley and Livingstone].' Scottish Review of Books 'Claire Pettitt's calm narrative helps us to understand both the man and the enduring hero.' Bookbag.co.uk"show more

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