Kongo In The Age Of Empire, 1860?1913: The Breakdown Of A Moral Order by Jelmer VosKongo In The Age Of Empire, 1860?1913: The Breakdown Of A Moral Order by Jelmer Vos

Kongo In The Age Of Empire, 1860?1913: The Breakdown Of A Moral Order

byJelmer Vos

Hardcover | November 24, 2015

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This richly documented account of the arrival of rubber traders, new Christian missionaries, and the Portuguese colonial state in the Kongo realm is told from the perspective of the kingdom's inhabitants. Jelmer Vos shows that both Africans and Europeans were able to forward differing social, political, and economic agendas as Kongo's sacred city of São Salvador became a vital site for the expansion of European imperialism in Central Africa. Kongo people, he argues, built on the kingdom's long familiarity with Atlantic commerce and cultures to become avid intermediaries in a new system of colonial trade and mission schools.

Vos underlines that Kongo's incorporation in the European state system also had tragic consequences, including the undermining of local African structures of authority—on which the colonial system actually 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.

Jelmer Vos is an associate professor of history at Old Dominion University.
Title:Kongo In The Age Of Empire, 1860?1913: The Breakdown Of A Moral OrderFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 24, 2015Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299306208

ISBN - 13:9780299306205


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                


List of Abbreviations             

Chronology of Kongo Kings under Portuguese Rule             



1 The Kingdom of Kongo after the Slave Trade                    

2 Carrying Trade                    

3 Christian Revival in São Salvador               

4 Portugal and the Agua Rosada                    

5 Forced Labor                       

6 Political Breakdown            







Editorial Reviews

"A Kongo-centered view of how the country entered into the Portuguese domains, but also how its elite guided that entrance with their own agenda. An insightful look at the onset of colonialism in Central Africa." —John K. Thornton, Boston University