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Kongo in the Age of Empire 1860-1913 : The Breakdown of a Moral Order (Hardcover) (Jelmer Vos)

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This is a richly documented history of the arrival of rubber traders, new Christian missionaries, and the Portuguese colonial state in the Kongo realm, told from the perspective of the kingdom’s inhabitants. It is the first book-length study of the colonial encounter in an African kingdom renowned for its long Catholic tradition and contributory role in the historical slave trade. Rejecting theories of doom and decline, Jelmer Vos shows how Kongo’s sacred city of São Salvador was vital to the expansion of European imperialism in west-central Africa, providing a platform from which different agents, African as well as European, were able to project their social, political, and economic agendas. He argues that the Kongo people built on the kingdom’s long familiarity with Atlantic commerce and European culture to become avid intermediaries in a growing world of colonial trade and mission schools.Vos highlights the complexity of an African people’s engagement with colonialism, but he also underlines some of the tragic consequences of Kongo’s incorporation in the European state system. One of the fundamental contradictions of European rule in Africa was that its often excessive demands for tax and labor tended to undermine the African structures of authority on which the colonial system depended.Kongo in the Age of Empire carefully documents the involvement of Kongo’s royal court in the exercise of Portuguese rule in northern Angola and the ways that Kongo citizens experienced colonial rule as an increasingly illegitimate extension of royal power.
This is a richly documented history of the arrival of rubber traders, new Christian missionaries, and the Portuguese colonial state in the Kongo realm, told from the perspective of the kingdom?s inhabitants. It is the first book-length study of the colonial encounter in an African kingdom renowned for its long Catholic tradition and contributory role in the historical slave trade. Rejecting theories of doom and decline, Jelmer Vos shows how Kongo?s sacred city of São Salvador was vital to the expansion of European imperialism in west-central Africa, providing a platform from which different agents, African as well as European, were able to project their social, political, and economic agendas. He argues that the Kongo people built on the kingdom?s long familiarity with Atlantic commerce and European culture to become avid intermediaries in a growing world of colonial trade and mission schools.
Vos highlights the complexity of an African people?s engagement with colonialism, but he also underlines some of the tragic consequences of Kongo?s incorporation in the European state system. One of the fundamental contradictions of European rule in Africa was that its often excessive demands for tax and labor tended to undermine the African structures of authority on which the colonial system depended.Kongo in the Age of Empire carefully documents the involvement of Kongo?s royal court in the exercise of Portuguese rule in northern Angola and the ways that Kongo citizens experienced colonial rule as an increasingly illegitimate extension of royal power.
Number of Pages: 218
Genre: History, Political Science, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Africa / Central
Series Title: Africa and the Diaspora
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Author: Jelmer Vos
Language: English
Street Date: November 24, 2015
TCIN: 23998693
UPC: 9780299306205
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-7619
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