Representing Africa: Landscape, Exploration and Empire in Southern Africa, 1780-1870

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Representing Africa examines the ways in which British travellers, explorers and artists viewed southern Africa in a period of evolving and expanding British interest in the region. It brings together diverse themes, such as the aesthetics of landscape, scientific expeditions, missionary activity and the impact of hunting, in order to illuminate more fully the relationship between European travellers and African landscapes.

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Overview

Representing Africa examines the ways in which British travellers, explorers and artists viewed southern Africa in a period of evolving and expanding British interest in the region. It brings together diverse themes, such as the aesthetics of landscape, scientific expeditions, missionary activity and the impact of hunting, in order to illuminate more fully the relationship between European travellers and African landscapes.

Southern Africa played a varied but vital role in Britain's maritime and imperial stories. It acted as a staging post for those on their way to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, accommodated expanding commercial and scientific interests, enabled the projection of maritime power across two oceans and, not least, became home for a rich variety of people and cultures. Representations of southern African landscape and maritime spaces reflect this multifaceted position, as do the people who recorded and disseminated them. Sailors, scientists, missionaries and migrants - together with explorers and artists - interpreted the region according to their own preoccupations and priorities. Drawing on a wide range of archival sources, contemporary travelogues and visual images, this book posits landscape as a useful prism through which to view changing British attitudes towards Africa. It asks how and why these representations of landscape came about as well as the roles they played in the British imaginings and understandings of the region.

Richly illustrated, this book will be essential reading for scholars and students interested in British, African, imperial and exploration history, art history, and landscape and environment studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719081040
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John McAleer is Curator of Eighteenth-Century Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations

General editor's introduction

Acknowledgements

Note on the text

List of abbreviations

Introduction 1

1 Archiving the landscape 14

2 'The fairest Cape': landscapes of convenience 33

3 The aesthetics of landscapes 59

4 The scientific impulse 93

5 Missionaries and migrants 132

6 The land in amber 181

Conclusion 198

Bibliography 206

Index 232

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