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Vient de paraître en poche (paperback) Heroic imperialists in Africa. The promotion of British and French colonial heroes, 1870-1939 de Berny Sèbe aux Manchester UP

Le 21 septembre 2015 à 22h01

Vient de paraître en poche (paperback) Heroic imperialists in Africa. The promotion of British and French colonial heroes, 1870-1939 de Berny Sèbe aux Manchester University Press, "Studies in Imperialism", 2013, rééd. 2015 (version "poche", paperback), 304p. ISBN : 978-0-7190-9751-5 Prix : 22,99 £.


"From David Livingstone to Charles de Foucauld, from Pierre Savorgan de Brazza to General Gordon, from the ‘Sirdar’ Kitchener to Jean-Baptiste Marchand, these standard-bearers of the ‘civilising mission’, armed with Bible or rifle, often both. became widely celebrated in their metropoles, with their exploits splashed across the front pages of the penny press, inspiring generations of biographers, painters and, later, film-makers. Coinciding with the advent of ‘New Iournalism’, they embodied the symbolic implementation of the colonial project and performed a highly mythologised meeting between conquerors and conquered, nurturing imperial pride.
Berny Sèbe explores in comparative perspective the ways in which heroes of the British and French empires in Africa were selected, manufactured and packaged from the height of ‘New Imperialism’ until the Second World War. He uncovers the media processes and publishing stories behind the legends of a dozen imperial heroes on both sides of the Channel, offering a comprehensive analysis of a phenomenon which was at the heart of popular imperialism.
For all their now-transparent biases and shortcomings, these icons of a bygone age provide us with a fascinating insight into the mechanisms of hero-making in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain and France. They also throw light upon the imperial mindset, and the story of the interests they served help explain why their epic legends permeate — perhaps even to this day - national identities."

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Berny Sèbe is Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Birmingham