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Brazza and the Scandal of the Congo

Edward Berenson

in Heroes of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520234277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234277.003.0007
Brazza and the Scandal of the Congo

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The Congo scandal would ultimately serve to reinforce prevailing ideas about the merits of colonialism in France, but government officials could not, at the outset, be confident that such would be the case. The government launched a powerful campaign to play down the significance of the Congo reports, a campaign whose outcome remained in doubt for nearly a year. With Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza involved, the scandal would be hard to contain. Brazza had long been portrayed as a martyr, working selflessly and at the cost of his health and well-being to create a great empire for France. The Congo scandal had proved to be one of those wrenching public phenomena that ultimately bring people together rather than pulling them apart.

Keywords: Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza; Congo scandal; colonialism; France; government

Chapter.  12970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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