Dr Philip’s Empire : One Man’s Struggle for Justice in Nineteenth-Century South Africa – Tim Keegan

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Dr John Philip was a figure who towered over nineteenth-century South African history, and was perhaps the most influential South African in the larger world of empire before Cecil Rhodes. But he is largely forgotten or misremembered today. From the time he arrived in South Africa as superintendent of the London Missionary Society in 1819, Philip played a major role in the idealist and humanitarian campaigns of the day, working with English philanthropists such as William Wilberforce and Thomas Fowell Buxton and African leaders such as Waterboer, Moshoeshoe and Maqoma. He was a creature of an age of extraordinary optimism, who held out a vision of non-racialism and progress that needs to be rediscovered and remembered. Dr Philip’s Empire takes the reader from rural Scotland and industrial London to the thriving colonial outpost of Cape Town and the wilds of the Eastern Cape. It documents his encounters with Dutch colonists, English settlers and indigenous South Africans, his never-ending battles with fellow missionaries and colonial authorities, and his lobbying among the powerful for indigenous people’s civil rights. Philip has since been viewed as an interfering radical subversive by believers in white supremacy, and as a condescending, hypocritical ‘white liberal’ by African nationalists. This book seeks to revive him from the judgments of his enemies and to recover the real man and his noble but doomed struggles for justice in the context of his times.
A fascinating picture of South Africa and the British Empire during a time of great change, Dr Philip’s Empire documents Philip’s encounters with Dutch colonists, English settlers and indigenous South Africans, his never-ending battles with fellow missionaries and colonial authorities, and his lobbying among the powerful for indigenous people’s civil rights. A controversial and influential figure, Philip was considered an interfering radical subversive by believers in white superiority, but he has been labelled a condescending, hypocritical ‘white liberal’ in a more modern age. This book seeks to revive him from these judgements and to recover the real man and his noble but doomed struggles for justice in the context of his times
Hardcover, with Dust wrapper. Internally most pleasing white crisp pages, no marking except a mobile number on front page. Dust wrapper MINT, as is the book itself, book tightly bound and could pass as Like New. A very good ++ copy. 413, incl. index; plates; maps. First Edition

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SKU: 9781770227101 Category: Title: Dr Philip's Empire : One Man's Struggle for Justice in Nineteenth-Century South Africa
Author: Tim Keegan
Publisher: Struik Publishers (Pty) Ltd
Year: 2016
ISBN10: 1770227105
ISBN13: 9781770227101
Condition: Very Good
Format: Hardcover
Inventory No: 1224

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Dr John Philip was a figure who towered over nineteenth-century South African history, and was perhaps the most influential South African in the larger world of empire before Cecil Rhodes. But he is largely forgotten or misremembered today. From the time he arrived in South Africa as superintendent of the London Missionary Society in 1819, Philip played a major role in the idealist and humanitarian campaigns of the day, working with English philanthropists such as William Wilberforce and Thomas Fowell Buxton and African leaders such as Waterboer, Moshoeshoe and Maqoma. He was a creature of an age of extraordinary optimism, who held out a vision of non-racialism and progress that needs to be rediscovered and remembered. Dr Philip’s Empire takes the reader from rural Scotland and industrial London to the thriving colonial outpost of Cape Town and the wilds of the Eastern Cape. It documents his encounters with Dutch colonists, English settlers and indigenous South Africans, his never-ending battles with fellow missionaries and colonial authorities, and his lobbying among the powerful for indigenous people’s civil rights. Philip has since been viewed as an interfering radical subversive by believers in white supremacy, and as a condescending, hypocritical ‘white liberal’ by African nationalists. This book seeks to revive him from the judgments of his enemies and to recover the real man and his noble but doomed struggles for justice in the context of his times.
A fascinating picture of South Africa and the British Empire during a time of great change, Dr Philip’s Empire documents Philip’s encounters with Dutch colonists, English settlers and indigenous South Africans, his never-ending battles with fellow missionaries and colonial authorities, and his lobbying among the powerful for indigenous people’s civil rights. A controversial and influential figure, Philip was considered an interfering radical subversive by believers in white superiority, but he has been labelled a condescending, hypocritical ‘white liberal’ in a more modern age. This book seeks to revive him from these judgements and to recover the real man and his noble but doomed struggles for justice in the context of his times
Hardcover, with Dust wrapper. Internally most pleasing white crisp pages, no marking except a mobile number on front page. Dust wrapper MINT, as is the book itself, book tightly bound and could pass as Like New. A very good ++ copy. 413, incl. index; plates; maps. First Edition

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Weight 0.73 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.3 × 4.3 cm

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