xiii, 330 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Reviewed by Nathaniel Mathews in Journal of African history 60 (1) 2019, pages 121-122 (DT1.J858 AFA).
AFA copy 39088020045530 Purchased from the Warren M. Robbins Library Endowment.
Foreword and acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. A young Arab in Est Africa -- 2. Nile-seekers, Africa-crossers -- 3. Boy trader -- 4. Business start-up -- 5. The far side of the lake -- 6. Between the two rivers -- 7. Down the Lualaba: Nile or Congo? -- 8. Tippu Tip and the scramble -- 9. Fourth journey: back to the centre -- 10. Fifth journey: what a relief! -- 11. The British and the Germans: protection or occupation? -- 12. Arabs versus the Congo Free State -- 13. Last judgments
Appendices (1: Tippu Tip's family tree ; 2: British Residents, agents and consuls in Muscat and Zanzibar ; 3: Sultans of Muscat and Zanzibar ; 4: Timeline)
Tippu Tip, notorious to some, intriguing to others, was a Zanzibari Arab trader living in the turbulent and rapidly changing Africa of the late 19th century. This biography transports the reader into his extraordinary world, describing its exotic cast of characters and the principal factors that shaped it. His colorful life culminated in his engagement as governor of a province in the 'Congo Free State' of the Belgian King Leopold, and in his involvement in Stanley's astonishing expedition to relieve Emin Pasha, governor of the Egyptian southern province of Equatoria. This book is the first thorough investigation in English of this significant figure. The lucid narrative unfolds against the political and economic backdrop of European and American commercial aims, while allowing the reader to see the period through African and Arab eyes. The fascinating figures who strutted the 19th-century African stage, and their hardly believable exploits, give this book an appeal reaching beyond the African specialist to the general reader.