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

Hardcover | November 24, 2015

byJelmer Vos

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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.

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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 ...

Jelmer Vos is an assistant professor of history at Old Dominion University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 24, 2015Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299306208

ISBN - 13:9780299306205

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                
Acknowledgments                 
List of Abbreviations             
Chronology of Kongo Kings under Portuguese Rule             
 
Introduction               
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            
Conclusion                 
Epilogue                     
 
Notes             
Bibliography              
Index   

Editorial Reviews

“The Kongo kingdom holds a major place in the historiography of the Atlantic slave trade as well as in Atlantic history. . . . This study provides a fascinating, well-researched account placing Kongo dynastic rivalries at the center of the kingdom’s engagement with Portuguese colonialism. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice