Victor Kiernan (essay date 1969)
SOURCE: Kiernan, Victor. “Africa.” In The Lords of Human Kind: European Attitudes to Other Cultures in the Imperial Age, pp. 203-54. London: Serif, 1995.
[In the following excerpt from an essay first published in 1969, Kiernan discusses the views of noted nineteenth-century explorers who traveled to East Africa, including Sir Richard Burton, E. S. Grogan, David Livingstone, and John Speke, showing how these travelers imposed class and race divisions upon Africans; considered them to be childlike, savage, and lazy; and saw them as deserving of and needing Europeans to govern them.]
EUROPEANS IN EASTERN AFRICA
One of Burton's journeys, in...
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