Introduction
in Travellers in Africa
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book concerns the cultural and political context of the formation and circulation of images of the travel writers in East and Central Africa at the second half of the nineteenth century. It particularly focuses on the ideology of the texts and of the authors and their readers. The book also focuses on British narratives and deals with Abyssinia, showing how the means of communicating the images of that country changed in response to social developments in Britain. It looks at the 1867 military expedition against that country, and the cultural significance of some of its narratives. The book considers accounts of food and eating habits. It picks out a range of objects and commodities mentioned in narratives.

Travellers in Africa

British Travelogues, 1850–1900

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